M.Sc. On Campus

Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics

University of Guelph

36 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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Key facts

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
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


45 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
B (recommended)

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

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  • International

    13674 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6837 CAD per semester during 36 months.
  • National

    4754 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2377 CAD per semester during 36 months.

Living costs for Guelph

1157 - 1804 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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