University of Guelph - Office of Graduate Studies

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Food, Agriculture, and Resource Economics (MSc)

University of Guelph - Office of Graduate Studies

Field of Study:Natural Resource Economics
Thesis Based:Yes
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $2,378

This estimate represents the tuition per semester.


The Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics is a research intensive department that takes great pride in providing outstanding educational experiences and research and outreach activities. Our graduate programs emphasize the application of contemporary theories and state-of-the art tools to problems related to food and agriculture, resource use and economic development. Our aim in these graduate programs is to train future research and policy leaders. This training emphasizes the importance of policy relevant and issues oriented research, communicated with clarity, purpose and meaning.

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.


Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*70
These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
  • 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)
  • Expected to have already taken the following basic courses as part of their undergraduate studies: intermediate level micro-economic theory (ECON*2310 or equivalent); calculus and matrix algebra with applications to economics (ECON*2770 or equivalent); and intermediate level statistics (ECON*3740 or equivalent)
  • Advanced microeconomic theory (ECON*3710 or equivalent) course at the undergraduate level is strongly recommended as preparation for the MFARE and MSc programs.
  • Applicants are not required to write the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • * The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on November 13, 2022