A Masters Degree that integrates Economics, Business and Public Policy


Today's Food and Natural Resources Systems are rapidly evolving to adapt to unprecedented demographic, environmental and technological changes. Our world will increasingly demand professionals who can analyze, design, and integrate Economic, Business, and Policy variables to help society improve these systems and build a better future.  

At the UBC Masters of Food and Resource Economics (MFRE) you will be exposed to the issues and opportunities arising from this dynamic new world, and equipped with the necessary skills to address them.




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What is MFRE?

The MFRE is a 1-year masters program that combines features of an MBA program and a MA degree in Economics. It incorporates Economics, Policy and Business aspects within the Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental sectors, helping students acquire a specialized understanding of these sectors, and propelling them to pursue careers in academia, consulting, finance management and entrepreneurship.


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At the MFRE you will immerse into highly relevant topics in today's world, obtain strong academic, quantitative and critical-thinking tools, apply your knowledge to the real world to obtain experience, and become a highly in-demand professional in the Food and Resource Sectors.

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Who Applies to MFRE? 


MFRE Students Graduating

MFRE students can choose to focus on different aspects -business, economics, policy- of the Food and Natural Resources world, therefore the program is composed of students with multiple interests. From commerce-trained entrepreneurs or managers looking for strong/specialized business skills, to individuals pursuing the academic rigour needed for a career as government officials, to academic oriented students looking for close interaction with experienced faculty as a stepping stone into a PhD or research career. 


Business Oriented
Students looking for business tools that help them become entrepreneurs, transform the family business, or work for exciting companies.



Future Academics
Academic oriented student looking for a high-quality learning environment in order to pursue ongoing studies.



Rising Leaders
Interested in careers in federal or local governments, or international agencies, such as FAO, UN, and the World Bank.



Environment Advocates
Socially and environmentally passionate students interested in addressing the worlds most pressing issues.



Data Wizards
Analytical students with high regard towards quantitative skills to excel in this data driven world.



Undergraduate Backgrounds

These are the undergraduate backgrounds of MFRE alumni.



The MFRE alumni work in different industries and organizations types across the world. From local companies to international organizations, MFRE graduates are proficient candidates for any highly competitive environment. Some examples of areas where MFRE alumni work are:


  • Agribusiness
  • Food processing companies
  • Finance & banking
  • PhDs
  • Government agencies
  • NGOs


More Career Path Examples




Ishrat Gadhok


Ishrat has professional experience as an Economist for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, a Management Consultant at KPMG, and a Trade Policy Consultant for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).