Program Overview

The MFRE is a unique one-year professional masters program combining economics, policy and business seen from an agriculture, food, natural resources and environmental perspective. The program has three terms: the first two comprise rigorous courses in multiple specialization areas; in the third one, you will enhance and consolidate your MFRE experience through a summer graduating project. This project can take the form of research, a consultancy project or an internship.

Learning Objectives

MFRE candidates enter the program with their unique portfolio of skills, which the program then further enhances and develops in the following areas:
 
  • Assessing agricultural commodity prices, including the economic determinants of commodity pricing relationships over space, time and form.
  • Exploring global markets for food and resources, with emphasis on trade and competitiveness.
  • Conducting sound empirical research related to trade, consumer demand and food markets, through data and regression analysis in Stata and advanced spreadsheets.
  • Developing an ability to critically review articles and studies concerning food and resource markets.
  • Analyzing financials to support interpretation and strategic planning for an agribusiness firm.
  • Identifying growth opportunities and developing business plans based on in-depth market research.
  • Assessing business practices and making recommendations for improvements.
  • Hedging commodity price risks for varying production profiles (e.g. annual and perennial crops).
  • Engaging in mock trading through simulated commodity trading games; having access to the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) Futures trading competition, as well as the Bloomberg and Capital IQ platforms.
  • Performing cost-benefit analysis through rigorous modelling.
  • Evaluating and quantifying greenhouse gas emissions and carbon offsets.
  • Analyzing a matrix of policy options with likely economic, environmental and efficiency vs. equity outcomes, and examining institutional constraints to implementation.
  • Evaluating project effectiveness utilizing United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) principles of monitoring and evaluation.



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