Masters of Food and Resource Economics Summer Program

The Summer Program is a mandatory four-week introductory program that is completed prior to beginning of the academic year. It is delivered on campus only, and takes place during August, leading up to the first term.

The MFRE is a short course-based program where the workload is intense from day one. To ensure that all incoming students have a command of microeconomics, statistics and economics prior to starting classes in September, the program requires all students to complete the Summer Program, unless they have received an exemption from the MFRE academic director. This four-week intensive program is a fun and rewarding experience and has been proven to be a highly beneficial component for incoming students by providing an important head start to the academic year.

The Summer Program comprises three main components:
  1. An intensive microeconomic theory course
  2. An orientation program (including some field trips)
  3. A statistics review
Please review the following accordions for additional information:

Microeconomics course
The microeconomics course is a four-week intensive course, with formal instruction from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. most days during the month of August. Discussion periods and help sessions will be scheduled for some of the afternoons.

Orientation Program
There will be three to four orientation days during the four-week Summer Program. (See Schedule below)

Statistics Review
The statistics review takes place on specific dates following completion of the microeconomics course and the orientation program. (See Schedule below)

Important Dates (2020-21)

Before August: Independent Math Review
Students enrolled in the program will receive a Math Review document. The review is provided as an optional review for those who wish to refresh their mathematics skills before starting the program.

August 4, 2020: Meet & Greet for all at 11am.

August 4-28, 2020: Summer Program, including the microeconomics course, the orientation program, and the statistics review.
The summer program is mandatory for all incoming students, both international and domestic, unless they have received an exemption from the MFRE academic director. Each class is held from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, except on August 5, when the class will be from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. In addition, there will be group work sessions and activities organized on some of the afternoons between Aug 4 and 28.

August 14, 2020: MFRE’20 Final Project Presentation
The current MFRE students (MFRE’20) will be presenting their final projects to the Faculty and to the incoming MFRE cohort in the afternoon of August 14. The presentations will be followed by a celebratory BBQ.

August 27 2020: UBC Graduate Student Welcome and Orientation Activities

September 1, 2020: Start of Term 1 classes

$700 Canadian Dollars per student for both international and domestic students.
The fee for the Summer Program includes the microeconomics course, orientation program, and statistical review.

Although the microeconomics course is not for credit and the grade will not count towards your MFRE average grade, you will be examined and graded on the material as if it were a regular UBC credit course. Any student who does not achieve a passing grade of 60% or greater will be required to retake the exam. It is not possible for students to audit this course without doing the assignments and writing the exams.

Summer 2019 schedule coming up!

There are several reasons why incoming students are required to take the Summer Program:

  1. To ensure that all graduates of the MFRE program have a command of intermediate microeconomic theory when they graduate with the MFRE degree.
  2. To enable students to “hit the ground running” when they begin classes in early September. The microeconomics course and statistics review serve as refreshers for students who have not taken courses in micro theory and statistics for a couple of years, and for students coming from different universities where the approach to teaching and learning may be very different than at UBC.
  3. To provide an opportunity for each new cohort of students to get to know each other, to meet the previous year’s cohort of students, and to meet the faculty and staff members who will be guiding them through the MFRE program.
  4. To help students from different academic and cultural backgrounds adjust to studying at UBC and living in Vancouver.
  5. To introduce students new to Vancouver to the Fraser Valley and the local food and resource sectors.

Can I apply for an exemption?
Students with a particularly strong background in economics, microeconomic theory and statistics, with first-class grades and familiarity with UBC or a similar North American university may qualify for an exemption of the Summer Program. If you believe you qualify for an exemption, you must email Shristee Rahman stating your reasons. Exemptions are not given for conflicting plans for August, such as travel or internships.


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