Degree Offered: M.Sc., M.F.R.E.
R. Barichello, S. Gulati, J. A. Vercammen.
The Food and Resource Economics (FRE) graduate program offers both a research master's degree, the Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Agricultural Economics, and a professional master's degree, the Master of Food and Resource Economics (M.F.R.E.). The M.Sc. is designed for careers where research is a main component, while the M.F.R.E. is designed for careers in industry or government.
In both degrees, coursework provides students with rigorous training in applied economics and quantitative methods. In the M.Sc., students develop specialized research skills by working with faculty throughout UBC on important real-world issues. In the M.F.R.E., students combine applied economics with policy analysis and agribusiness management, enabling them to analyze issues in the food and resource sectors.
FRE faculty members have direct experience working in the food and resource sectors, both domestically and internationally in Europe and Asia, particularly with developing countries.
Students admitted to the M.Sc. degree program will normally possess a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics or a related area, and are expected to meet the admission requirements of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
The M.Sc. program can normally be completed in 18 to 20 months. After completing at least 18 credits of coursework, a thesis is written under the guidance of a UBC-wide committee that is chaired by a FRE faculty member. On occasion a course-based option is pursued. With the thesis option, students with an adequate undergraduate background in economic theory, mathematical economics, and quantitative methods must complete FRE 501, ECON 500, 526, 527, and two field courses, which may be at the senior undergraduate level. Students without an adequate background must take additional preparatory courses.
The thesis normally involves identifying a research topic mutually agreed upon by the student and supervising faculty, undertaking an extensive review of the literature, developing the appropriate theoretical framework, and then performing some form of empirical analysis.
Students admitted to the M.F.R.E. degree program will normally possess a bachelor's degree in economics, agricultural economics or a related area, and are expected to meet the admission requirements of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
The M.F.R.E. program requires 30 credits of coursework over 12 months of intensive study, beginning in September. In Winter Session, students complete 18 credits of required graduate courses (or approved alternatives) and 6 credits of restricted electives. The required graduate courses are normally selected from the following list:
Any FRE graduate courses from the list above that do not comprise the 18 credits of required graduate courses can be used towards restricted electives.
Restricted electives can also be upper-level undergraduate courses in ECON or FRE, provided they are pre-approved by the MFRE Academic Advisor.
In Summer Session, students undertake a 6-credit graduating project (FRE 547) under the supervision of FRE faculty and professional economists in industry and government.
Graduate Programs Assistant
Faculty of Land and Food Systems
344-2357 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z4
Web (MFRE): www.mfre.landfood.ubc.ca/