Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology Graduate Programs

Master of Agriculture (MAg)

Accepting applications for our 12 month course-based masters program in REES. The program runs from September 2020 to August 2021. We will begin accepting applications starting December 1, 2019.


The Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology offers a course-based MAg program, with two possible areas of specialization:

  • Agricultural & Resource Economics
  • Rural & Environmental Sociology

The Masters in Agriculture program is designed for early and mid-career applicants to focus on topics in one of two areas: agricultural economics (agriculture and food policy, consumption, resources and environmental sustainability), or rural and environmental sociology (social movements, risk, resilience and indigenous studies).

As a course-based program, the focus is on interpretation, adaptation, and application of research findings, rather than carrying out research. The program can be completed in one year with 8 courses and a final project.

Admission Requirements
1. A four year undergraduate degree in a relevant field with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 out of 4.0 in the last 2 years (approximately 60 credits) of post-secondary study
2. Satisfaction of the English Language Requirement
3. Appropriate academic background, which includes training in agricultural economics, rural or environmental sociology or a related field such as human geography, environmental studies or anthropology. Further details about the program and admission requirements are provided in the REES Graduate Handbook located here.

Degree Completion Requirements
1. 8 three-credit graduate-level courses
2. A project that is equivalent to a one-term course
3. Completion of the University Ethics, Professionalism, and Academic Integrity Program

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Specializations

Agricultural & Resource Economics

Agricultural economics is an applied field that typically explores issues related to agriculture, food production and consumption. Resource economics seeks to understand the supply and demand of natural resources, their role in the economy, and how to manage them for long term sustainability. These fields also make significant contributions to environmental issues. Research in REES has focused on resource, environment, and development economics; agriculture and food markets/policy; production economics and development; agricultural business; international agriculture; international development and trade.

Research topics

Research in REES has focused on resource, environment, and development economics; agriculture and food markets/policy; production economics and development; agricultural business; international agriculture; international development and trade.


Rural & Environmental Sociology

Rural sociology examines social structure and social change in rural areas, as well as issues such as food and agriculture, forestry, mining and energy development. Researchers in REES examine wide-ranging, interdisciplinary and international issues such as international development, globalization, food security, climate change, gender, and indigenous community development. Environmental sociology examines societal-environmental interactions, often focusing on environmental problems, environmental risk, environmental values, consumption, waste, and consumer behaviour.

Research topics

Researchers in REES examine wide-ranging, interdisciplinary and international issues such as international development, globalization, food security, climate change and gender. Environmental sociology examines societal-environmental interactions, often focusing on environmental problems, environmental risk, environmental values, consumption, waste, and consumer behaviour.