Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics

University of Guelph

18 months
13674 CAD/year
4754 CAD/year
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The Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics program of University of Guelph emphasizes the application of contemporary theories and state-of-the art tools to problems related to food and agriculture, resource use and economic development.

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The Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics program of University of Guelph trains future research and policy leaders. This training emphasizes the importance of policy relevant and issues oriented research, communicated with clarity, purpose and meaning.

We offer course-based (MFARE) and thesis-based (MSc) Master degrees and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree. 

The thesis-based (MSc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree programs strive to develop appropriate analytical, methodological, and communication skills to enable students to analyze agriculture and resource problems effectively and explain their findings. The MSc requires both course work and a thesis. This program can be completed in approximately 5 to 6 semesters. The PhD program requires course work, successful completion of a qualifying exam and the defense of a research-based thesis with completion in approximately 12 semesters. 

Are you interested in:

  • Economic principles and solving problems related to food, agriculture and natural resources
  • Developing skills needed to analyze agriculture and resource problems effectively

Career opportunities

  • Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)
  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada / Health Canada / Forestry Canada
  • Private firms / consulting
  • NGOs
  • Academia

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Applied Microeconomics for Agricultural Economists
  • Applied Quantitative Methods for Agricultural Economics
  • Food Security and the Economics of Agri-Food Systems in Developing Countries
  • Applied Policy Analysis
  • Agricultural Trade Relations
  • Food Firms, Consumers and Market

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


45 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
B- (required)
B (recommended)
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
89 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • MSc and MFARE - minimum 70% (B-) average over the past two years in a four-year honours degree in Food, Agriculture or Resource Economics (or in a field of economics)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13674 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6837 CAD per semester and a duration of 18 months.
  • National

    4754 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2377 CAD per semester and a duration of 18 months.


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