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Graduate Studies in Agricultural Economics at McGill

McGill offers a program leading to the M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics. There is no PhD. program. The MSc program is delivered in ENGLISH, and as with all graduate programs, a high level of proficiency in English is a necessity. All courses are lecture courses; there are no "distance" courses.

Doctoral study is possible through the PhD. program of the Department of Economics, wherein Agricultural Economics is an area of specialization. For more information about the PhD. in Economics, program requirements and admission, contact the Department of Economics. Normally, the PhD is only open to holders of an MA in economics, or a closely related discipline.

Most of the information you need can be found on this page, but you should also consult the information provided by the Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies office on their Applying and Admissions website

Please contact us by email if you have any questions about academic aspects of our MSc program.

If you have questions about the admissions process, or dealing with the MINERVA registration system, it is best to contact the McGill Service Point, or the Macdonald Campus Graduate Studies Office.

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Macdonald Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

M.Sc Program

1) Goals and Objectives
2) Admission Requirements
3) Program Requirements
4) Funding
5) Additional Information


The goal of graduate training in Agricultural Economics is to provide students with the applied concepts and tools to identify, define, and analyze economic problems affecting the performance of the agri-food sector and the environment.

Attention is given to the development of analytical skills in the broad areas of agricultural, environmental and ecological economics, development, and resource allocation in production and marketing in agriculture. Please consult individual staff pages for their research interests.

The program prepares graduates for rewarding careers in research, analysis and decision-making in academia, private and NGO sectors, and government. As an alumnus, you will find your skills in high demand, and join other alumni who can be found in positions of authority around the world.

The objectives of graduate training in Agricultural Economics are:

  1. To provide graduate training in the applied economics including agricultural marketing and trade, policy, development, and environmental and ecological economics.
  2. To pursue relevant research topics in the above areas in the form of a research thesis.
  3. To serve the local, provincial, national and international communities by providing highly qualified graduates and relevant research that contribute toward solving problems related to the performance of the agricultural and resource sectors of Quebec, Canada, and the rest of the world.

Applications must be made electronically. The application and all supporting documents (all university transcripts, two letters of reference printed on letterhead) must be uploaded directly to the McGill Admissions Website. In exceptional cases, documents can be sent by mail to the Agricultural Economics graduate studies office at the address at the bottom of this page. Sending documents by regular mail will probably result in a delay in processing your application.

McGill's application website and instructions on how to make an application can be found here:

Instructions on how to upload documents to McGill's application system can be found here:

To be considered eligible for direct admission to the M.Sc. program, the applicant must have an undergraduate degree with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 3.0 out of a possible 4.0 (Second Class - Upper Division or equivalent) or a CGPA of 3.2/4.0 for the last two full-time academic years. Generally, students admitted to the program have a CGPA of 3.4 and above.

The ideal preparation is an undergraduate degree in Agricultural Economics or Economics, including undergraduate courses in intermediate economic theory (micro and macro), calculus, algebra, statistics and econometrics. Candidates considered to have insufficient preparation in economics will be asked to take up to two additional undergraduate courses as part of their M.Sc. program.

When an applicant does not have sufficient background in economics for admission to the M.Sc., they may be admitted to a Qualifying Program of one year of undergraduate courses. The CGPA requirement is the same as for the M.Sc. An application to the Qualifying Program makes use of the same electronic application form as for the MSc program.

An applicant is not required to identify a thesis supervisor prior to admission. This is normally done sometime during the first year of study.

i) Application Documentation:

  1. Applicants must submit an electronic application and fee. All university transcripts must be uploaded onto McGill's application website. McGill will request letters of recommendation on your behalf from referees you identify on your application form.
  2. Applicants should submit a CV, statement of research interests and personal goals. This should be sent to us by email, (link above) or regular mail. These documents can not be uploaded onto McGill's system.
  3. Original transcripts, or copies certified by the originating institution, of all university-level studies, must be uploaded to the McGill system. If the transcripts do not mention the granting of the degree, a document (diploma) attesting to the granting of the degree must also be submitted. The grading scale used by the originating institution must be provided as part of your documentation.
  4. Two letters of recommendation, written by a person who has a good understanding of the candidate's academic capabilities, either by having taught the candidate, or by having served in a supervisory role (research supervisor, or employer). These letters must be printed on the letterhead of the university or the referee's organization, and uploaded to the McGill application system.
  5. Although not required, results from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are also helpful to evaluate international applications, and are therefore highly recommended, particularly if applicants wish to be considered for funding.
  6. Non-Canadian applicants whose mother tongue is not English and who have not completed an undergraduate degree using the English language are required to submit documented proof of competency in oral and written English. For example: TOEFL (minimum score 570 on the paper-based test or 230 on the computer-based test, or 88 on the internet-based test with each component score not less than 20) or IELTS (minimum 7 overall band). A photocopy can be submitted as an unofficial document, but must be followed by an official document or electronic communication sent directly from the testing organization. The MCHE is not considered equivalent.
  7. The University code for reporting either TOEFL or GRE results is 0935 (McGill University, Montreal) and our department code is 31.

ii) Deadlines:

For official application deadlines, and how to make an electronic application, please consult the Graduate and Post-Graduate Studies Admissions website .

Applications will only be considered for admission for the Fall 2015 semester. Applications for Winter and Summer 2015 are closed. We strongly recommend that all your documents be received at McGill at least eight months prior to the intended start of the program, otherwise you will not be considered for funding support.

McGill's application system will open for Fall (2015) applications in mid-October (2014).


For a student who is prepared well, the program requirements should take approximately 18 months to complete. Students MUST complete the degree within three (3) years. During the first year, students concentrate on their lecture courses, and then shift their attention to their research thesis.

  1. The requirements for the M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics are 46 credits in the form of: six graduate level lecture courses (18 credits), Seminar (1 credit), and satisfactory completion of a thesis (27 credits).
  2. Students must complete 2 courses in economic theory, and at least 1 course in quantitative methods, such as econometrics, modeling methods or statistics. These courses are taken through the Department of Economics on McGill's main campus.
  3. The remainder of the course credits can be taken in fields relevant to their thesis research, but one course must be in Agricultural Economics. Students may select courses in Economics, Anthropology, Geography, the Faculty of Management or any other relevant field.
  4. The thesis is evaluated by both internal and external examiners and all candidates must orally present the results of their thesis.

McGill operates a shuttle bus service between the two campuses which provides easy access to McGill's main campus and Montreal's other universities.


Acceptance into the M.Sc. program in Agricultural Economics implies no commitment to provide financial support. Our means to support students are very limited, so many students self-finance their graduate studies. Almost all funding is directed towards students starting the program in the fall semester.

We offer the Sir Vincent Meredith Fellowship to one outstanding student each year. The value of the Fellowship is $15,000 and can be renewed once. We also award the Lewis Fischer Bursary in Agricultural Economics ($1000). For both awards, an application is made by simply indicating your interest on the electronic application for admission. One or two students may be awarded a differential fee waiver during the summer semester. This reduces the tuition of an international student to the same level as a student from Quebec. We will also nominate outstanding students for Faculty and University fellowships when these are available.

In addition to these awards, a limited number of teaching assistantships are available, but these are normally used to support second year students.

* Other Sources of Funding

5) Additional Information
* Synopsis of MSc Program Course Requirements
* Off Campus Housing Service

* English and Writing Courses
* Registration Procedure for Undergraduate Courses

* Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office

* Tuition Fee Information All fees quoted in Canadian Dollars

You can expect to spend about 18 - 24 months in the program. International students pay higher fees than Canadian students for their first three semesters of Full-Time registration. After the third semester, all students are classified as "Additional Session". This has little importance to students from Quebec, but for students from outside Quebec, the fees you pay decrease by a substantial amount. Consult the weblink above to learn the implications of this change of status to you.

* Guidance for research involving human subjects (Ethical Review and Certificates)

Graduate Studies Office, Agricultural Economics
Macdonald Stewart Building, MS3-40
Macdonald Campus, McGill University
Ste. Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec
H9X 3V9, Canada
Vox: (514) 398-7820