Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology Graduate Programs

Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology Admission Process

Admission Process

Step 1 - Check Your Eligibility

Minimum Requirements

  • Master of Agriculture

    Admission requirements:

    4-year undergraduate degree in a related area, or its academic equivalent, from a recognized institution.

    Grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 out of 4.0 in the last two years (approximately 60 credits) of post-secondary study.

    Pre-requisites

    Please review the following information to learn more about coursework that must be completed prior to applying. Please note: Based on our experience, without this type of background, students are unlikely to be successful in applying for admission to the respective program.

    MAg in Agricultural Economics

    Students entering the MAg program, specializing in Agricultural Economics, should typically have completed the following types of courses in the undergraduate program:

    Undergraduate coursework in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Quantitative Methods (Calculus, Linear Algebra, Statistics) and Applied Economics (Development Economics, Environmental Economics, Trade, Money and Banking, Finance)


    MAg in Rural Sociology

    Students entering the MAg program, specializing in Rural Sociology, should typically have completed the following types of courses in the undergraduate program:

    Undergraduate coursework in Statistics, Quantitative and Qualitative Methods and Social theory.

  • Master of Science

    Admission requirements:

    4-year undergraduate degree in a related area, or its academic equivalent, from a recognized institution.

    Grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 out of 4.0 in the last two years (approximately 60 credits) of post-secondary study.

    Pre-requisites

    Please review the following information to learn more about coursework that must be completed prior to applying. Please note: Based on our experience, without this type of background, students are unlikely to be successful in applying for admission to the respective program.

    MSc in Agricultural and Resource Economics (AREC)

    Students entering the MSc program, specializing in Agricultural and Resources Economics, should typically have completed the following types of courses in the undergraduate program:

    Microeconomic and Macroeconomic Theory courses at an intermediate undergraduate level (2nd or 3rd year courses)

    Quantitative Methods, including Introductory Calculus, Linear Algebra and Statistics

    An intermediate level (2nd or 3rd year) Econometrics course

    Other Applied Economics courses at an intermediate or senior level, such as Development Economics, Resource Economics, Agricultural Marketing, Money and Banking, Finance or Financial Economics, etc.


    MSc in Forest Economics

    Students entering the MSc program, specializing in Forest Economics, should typically have completed the following types of courses in the undergraduate program:<

    Microeconomic and Macroeconomic theory courses at an intermediate undergraduate level (2nd or 3rd year courses)

    Quantitative Methods, including Introductory Calculus, Linear Algebra and Statistics

    An intermediate level (2nd or 3rd year) Econometrics course

    Intermediate level (2nd and 3rd year) courses in Forest Science, such as Silviculture, Wood Science, Forest Management, etc.

    Other Applied Economics courses at an intermediate or senior level, such as Resource Economics, Forest Economics, Forestry Policy, etc.


    MSc in Rural Sociology

    Students entering the MSc program, specializing in Rural Sociology, should typically have completed the following types of courses in the undergraduate program:

    Introductory Statistics

    Intermediate (2nd or 3rd year) Quantitative/Qualitative Methods including Survey Research, Case Study or Ethnographic Methods, etc.

    Intermediate (2nd or 3rd year) Social Theory, including Environmental Sociology, Contemporary Social Theory, and/or Development Theory, etc.

    Other topical Sociology, or related courses at an intermediate or senior level, including Human Geography, Political Science, Economics, etc.


    MSc in Risk and Community Resilience

    Students entering the MSc program, specializing in Risk and Community Resilience, should typically have completed the following types of courses in the undergraduate program:

    Introductory Statistics

    Intermediate (2nd or 3rd year) Quantitative/Qualitative Methods

    Intermediate (2nd or 3rd year) Social Science courses, such as Sociology or Economics

    Topical Social Science courses at an intermediate or senior level

  • PhD

    Admission Requirements

    Thesis-based Masters program in a related area, or its academic equivalent, from a recognized institution.

    Grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 out of 4.0 in the last two years (approximately 60 credits) of post-secondary study.

    Pre-requisites

    Please review the following information to learn more about coursework that must be completed prior to applying. Please note: Based on our experience, without this type of background, students are unlikely to be successful in applying for admission to the respective program.

    PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics (AREC)

    Students entering the PhD program, specializing in Agricultural and Resources Economics, will normally have completed a thesis-based Masters program in Agricultural/Resource Economics, Economics, Business or a related field that includes the following types of courses:

    Masters level Microeconomic and Macroeconomic Theory

    Graduate level applied Econometrics

    Other Applied Economics courses at the Masters level, such as Development Economics, Resource Economics, Agricultural Marketing or Price Analysis, Financial Economics, etc.


    PhD in Rural Sociology

    Students entering the PhD program, specializing in Rural Sociology, will normally have completed a thesis-based Masters program in Rural/Environmental Sociology, Sociology or a related field that includes the following types of courses:

    Masters level Social Theory

    Graduate level Applied Quantitative/Qualitative Methods

    Other Topical Sociology courses at the Masters level, such as Natural Resource Sociology, Development, Gender, Risk, Social Movements, Social Impact Assessment, etc.

International Applicants

Review the following links to assess your eligibility:

Learn more about international student life with University of Alberta International and International Student Services.

Step 2 – Obtaining Supervision

Graduate students have the option to have a faculty member supervise their program. We recommend that you review the faculty members’ web pages and contact those whose research interests match your own to discuss the possibility of joining REES under their supervision.

Items to include in your email:

  • A description of your research interests (Why are you interested in their work and why do you feel you would be a good fit?)
  • Attach your Curriculum Vitae, including any publications
  • Attach a scanned copy of your transcripts
  • If applicable, attach a scanned copy of English language proficiency

Link to Current Research & Faculty Members

Step 3 – Applying Online & Submitting Documents

Once you have verified your eligibility, please apply for admission. In order to successfully submit your application for admission, you will be required to upload your supporting documents (as listed below) to the online application portal. Please visit the link provided above for more information. Please note that it is NOT necessary to identify a potential supervisor prior to applying for admission to graduate programs in the Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology.

  • English languages scores (if applicable)
  • GRE scores (PhD applicants only)
  • Transcripts/ Marksheets in original language & English translations
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research Statement Form (also available on the application portal)
  • Names & contact information of THREE references.

Note: A non-refundable application fee of $100 CAD will be assessed when you apply.

Step 4 – Await the Official Admission Decision

Once we have received all of the required documents, your application is considered complete and the application will move forward to the review process. Applicants will be contacted by email once an official decision has been made.

Successful applicants will receive an official letter of acceptance from the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR), which will be sent by email to your University of Alberta email address. If departmental funding is being offered, a letter outlining the details of the offer will be sent by the department to your University of Alberta email address.

IMPORTANT: Official documents (transcripts, degree certificates, etc.) may be required upon receiving the conditional offer of admission letter. Documents must be sent directly from the post-secondary institution to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research office. Detailed instructions will be outlined in your offer letter.