The Faculty of Land and Food Systems has a January 1st deadline for all applications to graduate degree programs.

If you are interested to enroll in MFRE for September, 2018, it is best to apply as soon as possible, ideally in October or November, 2017 to give you time to get your application complete before the January 1st deadline.  The critical timing is not when you apply, but when you have your application complete. Therefore, after submitting your application you should check back regularly until all of the required documents have been submitted to complete your application. Your referees will be busy people so you should check the status of your reference requests often as you may have to remind your referees to submit their letters of reference for you. It takes just one missing item, such as a letter of reference or a TOEFL score to make your application incomplete and hold up its review.  All students that have their applications complete by the January 1st deadline will hear the MFRE decision by January 15, 2018.

Some applicants will be taking courses after the January 1st deadline in order to raise their grade point average or to eliminate gaps in their academic background. If this applies to you, you should still complete your application by the January 1st deadline and the MFRE decision will be put on hold until grades for these courses have been received.

For students who find out about the MFRE program late, or have their applications held up by a missing item, the Faculty will keep the application process for MFRE open and accept late applications until March 15, 2018.

Applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee in the order in which they are completed.

There are other important advantages 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 late, it means you can only be considered for scholarships and awards that have not already been given out. Also, the later that you apply, there is less chance that you will secure a position in the MFRE program and more chance that you will be put on a wait list.


The MFRE program requires a bachelor’s degree in an area such as economics, agricultural economics or business that provides a solid background in economics.  You can apply for MFRE before you have completed your bachelor’s degree. For example, at UBC many students apply in Term 1 of their final year of undergraduate, when they still have Term 2 (January to April) courses to take in order to complete their undergraduate degrees. The specific 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 LFS 252 or ECON 325 at UBC).
  3. Introductory economic theory courses, in both micro and macro-economic principles (equivalent to ECON 101 and 102 at UBC).
  4. You have built on these introductory economic theory 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 will need to fill these gaps before being admitted to the MFRE program.  There is a place in the MFRE application form for you to explain how you will overcome these gaps in your background.

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