One year. That’s all it takes for students in our Master of Food and Resource Economics program (MFRE) to earn a professional degree that will give them the edge in the global food and resource sectors.
Launched in 2009, MFRE is the first professional master’s degree in Canada to offer a combination of applied economics, policy analysis and agribusiness management. The Program is geared towards graduates and professionals looking to sharpen their skill-sets with more advanced economics and real world applications.
MFRE alum Nick Choy, for example, entered the Program after completing a double major in Economics and Asian Studies at UBC. “With a range of private sector work experience, advancing my quantitative analytical skills with a professional master’s seemed like the best way to further my career,” he said.
Choy fulfilled his four-month internship – a Program requirement – in Indonesia last year. Now, he’s doing another internship in the Gambia, West Africa with Resource Efficient Agricultural Production (REAP) Canada. “I’m working on an ecological farming systems development project,” he said, adding that the Program helped him prepare for this career stream.
Recent MFRE grad Ellie Falzone agreed. “My internship gave me the opportunity to put everything I’ve learned into practice,” she said. “It allowed me to get outside the classroom and see what working would be like.”
Falzone interned with Granola Girl, a Vancouver-based organic granola company, last year. She credits that experience to helping her land her role as R&D Associate Food Scientist at Nature’s Path, one of the world’s largest organic food manufacturing companies.
“The internship component was key step into getting me to my current job,” she said. “It was a really awesome experience.”