Students whose undergraduate training is in an area of specialization other than agricultural economics, economics, or a relevant field, are usually required to take about one year of additional training in agricultural economics at the undergraduate level.

Admission Requirements

  • Language Proficiency Requirements: Proof of English proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English.
  • a cumulative weighted average of at least a 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (i.e. 60 credit units)
  • a four-year honours degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study
  • background training including training in mathematics, statistics, economic theory, and econometrics
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): Submission of the GRE is recommended for all applicants. Applicants who have not earned a degree from Canada or the USA are required to submit a GRE.

For more information on language proficiency requirements, see the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Academic Policies for more information.

Degree Requirements

Students must maintain continuous registration in the 994 course.

  • GPS 960.0
  • GPS 961.0, if research involves human subjects
  • GPS 962.0, if research involves animal subjects

A minimum of 18 credit units including the following:

  • AREC 990.0
  • AREC 994.0
  • complete 3 credit units of Econometrics
  • complete 6 credit units of Microeconomics
  • complete 9 credit units chosen based on the student's area of specialization. These courses must be approved by the student's advisory committee and the College of Graduate Studies and Research.

Courses may be taken outside the Department, but in an area related to the area of specialization. Courses are generally taken at the graduate level. However, one course may be at the senior undergraduate level on approval of the student's advisory committee.

Work-Integrated Learning Concentration

Students may choose to pursue a concentration in a professional work experience setting, while continuing work toward their thesis. Students must maintain continuous registration in the 994/996 course and complete the following course:

  • AGRC 800.0