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Department of Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics

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Graduate Chair: Dr. Ken Belcher

Graduate Secretary: pbe.gradsecretary@usask.ca 

 

Department of Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics
University of Saskatchewan
Rm 3D34 - 51 Campus Drive
Saskatoon SK CAN   S7N 5A8

The Master of Science in Agricultural Economics affords us the opportunity to engage in applied economic research which equips us with the tools to find reasonable solutions to “real‐world” problems and inform policy decision. The program offers practical courses that are firmly grounded in theory and are administered by faculty who are approachable and highly competent whose research interests, although wide and varied, fall in line with our research interests of agricultural trade and resource modeling. The fact that the program is thesis‐based also helps us to develop critical skill while building our knowledge base which will be necessary for either the work world or further studies. 

Bijon Brown/Shelicia Forbes‐Brown 
MSc Students

The gracious atmosphere of the Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics department has provided me with great encouragement to pursue my studies in the field of agricultural economics. Working with experienced teachers has given me an opportunity to apply my economics knowledge to a range of agricultural issues and apply economic theory to practical problems. 

Mohammad Torshizi
PhD student

Agricultural Economics

Agricultural Economics provides opportunities for students to learn and use advanced theoretical and empirical methods in applied economics. Research is applied to real world problems in the multifaceted agri‐food sector which encompasses issues in resource management, environmental sustainability, production economics, supply chains, regulation, transport, food quality and safety, rural development, innovation management, public policy and international trade.

The areas of specialization within Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics include: natural resource economics; environmental sustainability and evaluation; international trade policy; supply chain management; public policy and regulation; farm business management; economics of technological change; rural development; agri‐food marketing; food safety and quality; and agricultural production economics.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

The application deadline is January 15 for students to start the following September. 

P.G.D. +

Designed for students currently in the workforce who wish to upgrade their skills in the area of agricultural economics. Applicants to these programs will be individually assessed by the Graduate Coordinator.

PLEASE NOTE THAT NEW STUDENTS ARE NOT CURRENTLY BEING ADMITTED TO THE P.G.D. IN AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • A four-year bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, in agricultural economics, economics, or a relevant field, from a recognized college or university.
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 65% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units).
  • International applicants must meet the English proficiency requirements set forth by the college

New students are not being admitted to this program at this time

M.Agr. +

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • A four-year bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, in agricultural economics, economics, or a relevant field, from a recognized college or university.
  • Those 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
  • Background training in mathematics, statistics, economic theory, and econometrics
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units).
  • International applicants must meet the English proficiency requirements set forth by the college

M.Sc. +

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • A recognized Bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics, economics, or a relevant field
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units).
  • Background training including training in mathematics, statistics, economic theory, and econometrics
  • Those 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
  • International applicants must meet the English proficiency requirements set forth by the college

CAREER PATH

Graduates of the masters program are in high demand from governments, non-government organizations and the private sector. Many of our masters graduates have gone on to excellent doctoral programs and successful academic careers.

Ph.D. +

The PhD in Agricultural Economics entails a combination of advances courses in applied economics with a major research dissertation. The core of the program focuses on microeconomic thoery and quanitative methods but includes one advance course in macroeconomics. The remainder of the students' courses are determined by the student and their supervisory committee. Agricultural Economics PhD students have the opportunity to spend a semester at the University of British Columbia for part of tehir course work - most students availa themselves to this opportunity.

Students' research is often published in high quality research journals.

The Department has an active seminar series where visitors, our faculty and graduate students can present and discuss their research. Student's research is often presented at national and international conferences. Faculty members in the department belong to a number of national research networks that facilitate collaboration with other Canadian academics and broaden and enhance the experience of our PhD students.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • A master’s degree, or equivalent, in a related field of study from a recognized college or university.
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units).
  • International applicants must meet the English proficiency requirements set forth by the college

CAREER PATH

Our PhD students have gone on to very successful careers in academia, government and the private sector. Our former PhD students can be found teaching and doing research in universities in the US (e.g. University of Nebraska), Europe (e.g. Copenhagen), Canada (e.g. Carleton; Memorial, University of Manitoba) and a number of developing countries.

Other former PhD students have taken positions with both the Federal and provincial governments as well as the private sector.

Former students consistently tell us that the education in applied economics that they received prepared them well to undertake independent research and to engage in the assessment and formulation of public policy.