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The Department of Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics offers graduate instruction leading to the M.Sc. degree.  The Ph.D. program is offered through the Department of Economics.

The purpose of graduate training in Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics is to develop competence in solving real world problems relating to food production, policy, risk management, marketing, finance, international trade, resources, international development, agribusiness management and the environment.  Students undertaking graduate studies in Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics may specialize in one of these areas of research.

Doctoral Program

A Ph.D. is offered through the Department of  Economics, with a Research Specialization in Agricultural Economics.

Normally, applicants for admission to the Ph.D. program must have completed the entrance requirements and the program requirements of a Master’s degree in Economics or Agricultural Economics equivalent to that awarded by the University of Manitoba.

All applicants to the Ph.D. program in Economics indicating a desire to study Agricultural Economics will be evaluated by the Department of Economics, then further evaluated by a selection committee composed of 3 members from the Department of Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics. In order for the application to be approved by this selection committee, at least one member of the Department of Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics must indicate a willingness to serve as the student’s advisor.
For further Ph.D. program information: http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/graduate_studies/admissions/programs/economics.html



M.Sc. Program

The M.Sc. program has three streams:  (1) Agricultural Economics, (2) Agribusiness, and (3) Environmental and Resource Economics. A student will choose one of these three streams. Within each stream, there is a thesis option and a comprehensive option. In each of these three streams, the thesis option includes 18 credit hours (with at least 9 credit hours at 7000 level) and the comprehensive option includes 27 credit hours (with at least 18 credit hours at 7000 level). Other course work will normally be at 7000 level as well. Any exceptions to specific course requirements must be approved by the Department Graduate Advisory Committee (DGAC).

All students in the thesis option must complete a thesis and pass an oral examination based primarily on the thesis. These students must present two graduate seminars open to the public. The first presentation shall be on the thesis proposal, and the second presentation will be on the completed research. The thesis must be in the area of the student’s selected stream.

All students in the comprehensive option must complete a research paper and pass an oral examination based primarily on the paper. These students shall present a graduate seminar open to the public based on the completed research. The research paper must be in the area of the student’s selected stream.

Requirements Specific to the Three M.Sc. Streams:

Within the above program requirements (18 credit hours for thesis option, 27 credit hours for comprehensive option), students must include the following courses specific to their selected stream. Within their program, students often take courses from other departments (for example, economics, business, statistics), with approval of advisor.

1.  Agricultural Economics Stream:  All Students in Agricultural Economics stream (both thesis and comprehensive option) must include the following courses within their program:

a. Microeconomics:
 
ABIZ 7940 and ABIZ 7950                                                                 6 credits

OR

ECON 7722                                                                                          3 credits

b. Quantitative Methods                                                                   3 credits (a course in Econometrics, Management Science, or Statistics, as approved by advisor, normally at 7000 level)

 2.  Agribusiness Stream: All students in the Agribusiness stream (both thesis and comprehensive option) must include the following courses within their program:

 a. ABIZ 7410    Agricultural Finance                                                        3 credits
                                      
 b. an additional 6 credit hours in agribusiness or related area         6 credits (as approved by advisor, normally at 7000 level)
  
 c. Quantitative Methods                                                                          3 credits (a course in Econometrics, Management Science, or Statistics, as approved by advisor, normally at 7000 level)

         Note: A limited number of students will be given permission to take the Agribusiness stream ( See Graduate Student Handbook for department)

 3.   Environmental and Resource Economics Stream: All Students in Environmental and Resource Economics stream (both thesis and comprehensive option) must include the following courses within their program:

 a. Microeconomics:

 ABIZ 7940 and ABIZ 7950                                                     6 credits

 OR

 ECON 7722                                                                              3 credits
               
  b. Quantitative Methods                                                     3 credits (a course in Econometrics, Management Science, or Statistics, as approved by advisor, normally at 7000 level)

  c. ABIZ 7430    Advanced Theory of Resource Economics           3 credits

d. An additional course related to environment and resources    3 credits
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Master's Program Timeline

The Master's program normally requires between 1½ years to 2 years beyond the basic prerequisites for admission. In some cases, pre-Master's coursework is required where course prerequisites are lacking.

Coursework for the degree includes study in the ancillary areas of economics and related disciplines.

For more detailed information on the Department M.Sc. program please access the current University of Manitoba Graduate Calendar available on the University website.
ECON 6040 Survey of Mathematical Topics for Economics is highly recommended, and is normally taken in late summer/early fall at the beginning of the Graduate program.

M.Sc. Program Admission Requirements

For admission to the graduate program in Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, the applicant must possess the equivalent of the B.Sc. degree in Agribusiness or an Honours degree in Economics from The University of Manitoba, or any other degree which provides an equally strong basis for a graduate program in the Department. If the applicant has deficiencies of more than 12 credit hours, a requirement may be to successfully complete a pre-Master's program before being admitted to the graduate program.
Acceptance of students intending to pursue graduate studies is based upon a careful appraisal of their academic records and the recommendations of references.
The following courses, or their equivalents, are basic prerequisites to the graduate program and indicate the scope and level of training required for admission:

1) A course in introductory calculus and linear algebra e.g. MATH 1310 Matrices for Management and Social Sciences (or any equivalent course in linear algebra, e.g. MATH 1300), and MATH 1520 Introductory Calculus for Management and Social Sciences (or any equivalent course in calculus, e.g. MATH 1500); (Or the former MATH 1680 Mathematics for Agriculture and Related Sciences)

2) Microeconomic Analysis 1 (ECON 2450 regular or ECON 2700 Honours)

3) Macroeconomic Analysis 1 (ECON 2470 regular or ECON 2800 Honours)

4) Introduction to Econometrics (e.g. ABIZ 3080)
(Also check: http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/graduate_studies/admissions/programs/agbus.html, And the Graduate Calendar:  http://umanitoba.ca/calendar)

Application Process

All applications are done online through this website: http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/graduate_studies/admissions/index.html
Supporting documents are to be uploaded to the application.  A list of Faculty of Graduate Studies Required Documents may be found here:  http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/graduate_studies/admissions/required_docs.html
The Department of Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics also requires the following items:
·    Biographical sketch
·    GRE (Optional) All students graduating from a university outside of North America are strongly advised to take a Graduate Record Examination.
·    Two Letters of Recommendation
Official transcripts will only be required by the Faculty of Graduate Studies once an applicant is recommended for admission. All official transcripts are to be sent directly to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. To be considered official, transcripts must arrive in envelopes that have been sealed and endorsed (stamped across the back flap) by the Main Records Office of the issuing institution. All international transcripts must be accompanied by degree certificates that indicate that the degree has been awarded.
Official University of Manitoba transcripts are not required. If you have access to Aurora Student you may upload a web transcript. If not, an Admissions Assistant will add a copy of your transcript to your file for you.

Application Deadlines

The Department of Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics allows students to begin their M.Sc. program on either September 1 or January 1. For admission to either of these start dates, Canadian and U.S. students should complete their online application by June 1 or October 1 respectively. International students should complete their online application by March 1 or July 1 respectively. Students seeking funding or fellowships should apply considerably earlier than these deadlines (see Department website for details).

Funding for Graduate Students

Many graduate students in the department get funding from University, Faculty and Department Fellowships and by working on funded projects or as teaching assistants.
Faculty of Agricultural and Food Science Awards:http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/afs/awards/index.html
Faculty of Graduate Studies Awards:http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/graduate_studies/funding/index.html
Details of Department awards are at: http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/afs/dept/agribusiness/courses/1308.html
All Departmental Graduate Fellowship can be applied using the form at this link: Department of Agribusiness Graduate Fellowships Form