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The Faculty of Land and Food Systems has a January 1st deadline for all applications to graduate degree programs. However, because MFRE is still a relatively new program some prospective students do not discover the program until after the deadline. Thus, for the special case of MFRE, the Faculty will keep the application process open and accept applications past the January 1st deadline. But you are strongly advised to submit your application as early as you can, ideally in October or November. It takes just one missing item, such as a letter of reference or a TOEFL score, to hold up your application. Applying early gives you more time to fill in any gaps in your application, so that you can be sure your application is complete on January 1st. All completed applications received by January 1st will be forwarded to the MFRE Admissions Committee for review and an Admission decision. Not until all of these applications have been reviewed will applications received after January 1st be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Therefore, by meeting the January 1st deadline you will hear sooner about your Admission decision. This is especially important for international students as it allows you more time to obtain your study permit and visa.
There is another important reason for ensuring your application is complete by the January 1st deadline. It means you will be in the first group of students to be considered for MFRE scholarships and awards. If you apply later, it means you can only be considered for scholarships and awards that have not already been given out. Also, the later that you apply, the less chance you have of securing a position in the MFRE program.


Entering students must have completed a bachelor’s degree in an area such as economics, agricultural economics or business that gives them a solid background in economics. More specifically, the background required for the MFRE degree involves the following four competencies:

  1. Mathematical competency, at least differential calculus (equivalent to MATH 104 at UBC).
  2. Statistical competency, at least one course in statistics (equivalent to ECON 325 at UBC).
  3. Introductory economic principles courses, in both micro and macro-economic principles (equivalent to ECON 101 and 102 at UBC).
  4. You have built on these introductory economic principles courses by:
  • Taking at least one more course in micro-economic theory at the intermediate level (equivalent to ECON301 or COMM295 at UBC).
  • Taking at least two additional economics-based courses at the intermediate level in Economics, Agricultural Economics, Food Economics, or Resource Economics.

Students lacking any of the above four competencies would need to fill these gaps before being admitted to the MFRE program.

The minimum standards for admission to a masters degree at UBC are clearly laid out by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Students with Canadian or US Credentials

Normally, applicants for a master's degree program must hold the academic equivalent of a four-year bachelor's degree from UBC including one of the following:

  1. A minimum overall average of B+ (76% at UBC) in third- and fourth-year courses. This includes the courses taken in your third (junior) and fourth (senior) years. At UBC, these courses are referred to as "upper level" and are given 300 and 400 level numbers.
  2. At least 12 credits of third or fourth year courses that are important to the MFRE degree with at least A- (at UBC, 80% or higher) in each course. At UBC, these would include 300 or 400 level courses in ECON, FRE and COMM. These 12 credits must all be obtained from the same institution.

Alternatively, applicants who do not meet the requirements stated above, but who have had other significant formal training, relevant professional experience, and/or otherwise possess demonstrable knowledge or expertise that would prepare them adequately for successful study in a specific graduate program, may be granted admission on the recommendation of the appropriate graduate program and approval of the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Individuals of Aboriginal ancestry are particularly encouraged to apply. Please read the additional information for Aboriginal applicants to graduate programs.

Note: Additional coursework outside the bachelor's degree to improve a low GPA or to meet the 12 credit requirement, for example as unclassified student at UBC, can be taken into consideration based on a rationale from a specific program, but does not guarantee eligibility for admission.

Students with International Credentials (except US)

Students with International Credentials must have a 4-year bachelor’s degree equivalent to UBC with an average grade for all courses done in the bachelor’s degree equivalent to B+ (76%) at UBC. You can learn what average grade is equivalent to this by selecting your home country.

Students with Dual Degrees (International and Canada/US)

Both credentials (international and domestic/US) will be considered.

Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application.

The minimum TOEFL score required by all Graduate Programs in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems is 577 (paper-based test), 233 (computer-based test) or 90 (internet-based).

The minimum IELTS overall band score is 6.5 with a minimum score of 6.0 in each component of the ACADEMIC (not general) test.

Visit the LFS Graduate Admissions page for more details.

Application process

Before applying, you should ensure that you meet the minimum background and standard described above. If you have any questions about your specific case, please see the Frequently Asked Questions page. If you still have additional questions please fill out this form and email it to

You can review the list of documents needed for the application process here.

Note that the minimum background and standards defined by the Faculty of Graduate Studies are required in order to apply to the MFRE program. Meeting these minimums does not guarantee that you will be admitted to the program. They just mean that you are eligible to apply. Once we have received your completed application, it will be evaluated by both the MFRE Admissions Committee and the Faculty of Graduate Studies. In addition to your grades, they will take into account your academic background, references, English language capability, extra-curricular activities and other factors that can contribute to your success in the MFRE program. Before applying, please check your eligibility by determining if your grades meet the minimum standards defined by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.



For any specific questions about the application process, please contact