January 15th is the deadline to apply if you wish to begin the program in September.

ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
M.Sc.2 years
Ph.D.4 years

Use advanced theoretical and empirical methods in applied economics to study real world problems in the field of agriculture and food. Our department's areas of specialization are: natural resource economics; environmental sustainability and evaluation; international trade policy; supply chain management; public policy and regulation; farm business management; economics of technological change; rural development; agri‐food marketing; food safety and quality; and agricultural production economics.

Research Facilities

The U of S is home to many specialized research facilities to help you with your project. The Canadian Rural Economy Research lab uses state of the art GIS packages to study rural Canada. The Social Sciences Research Laboratories provide access to shared research infrastructure and technical support while enabling community engaged research.

Our Community

Our department has a strong relationship with our provincial government and other academic units on campus such as the Global Institutes for Water and Food Security, the Indigenous Land Management Institute, and the Sustainable Beef Systems Research Group. These relationships will connect you and your research with others in related fields.

We also have a strong tie to the National Aboriginal Land Managers Association and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. These relationships allow us to partner with Indigenous peoples locally and across the country.

Research supervisors

It is not necessary to find a potential supervisor before you begin an application. The list below though may be helpful to learn about the research interests of our faculty.

Name Research areas
Thomas Allen
Kenneth BelcherEcological economics, Resource and environmental economics, Environmental policy, Wetland and wildlife conservation policy
William J. (Bill) BrownIssues relating to farm and argibusiness management and planning.
Richard GrayAgricultural international trade, land use, risk and production economics, food safety, economics of nutrition, agricultural marketing
Hayley HesselnEffects of change on the boreal forest and property rights regimes associated with natural resources across the circumpolar north
Jill HobbsEconomics of food safety, quality and traceability, supply chain relationships in the agri-food sector, consumer behaviour
William A. (Bill) KerrPrimary competitiveness & productivity; functional food processing; bio-energy/bio-product development; innovation systems analysis
Surendra KulshreshthaGreenhouse gas emission mitigation, Drought economic impact assessment, Water resources and irrigation, Environmental valuation
Eric MicheelsAgricultural finance, marketing strategy, agribusiness management
David NatcherAboriginal land and resource management, economic and environmental anthropology, Arctic and Subarctic North America
James NolanRegulatory economics, computational economics, transportation policy, regional and urban economics
Peter PhillipsScience, tech, & innovation policy, International political economy, Regulation, gov. & trade policy, Decision making & behavioural experimentatation
Peter SladeAgricultural policy, industrial organization, productivity analysis, social economics
Stuart SmythIntersect of regulation and liability as it relates to innovation, agricultural biotechnology

Tuition and funding

All students accepted will receive financial support from their supervisor's research funds. When contacting faculty about research projects, ask about funding available.

In addition to potential funding from your department, there are scholarships and awards available to all eligible students. There are also special programs for international students from China, Vietnam, and Ecuador.


Thesis or project based program

Graduate students in a thesis or project based program pay tuition three times a year for as long as they are enrolled in their program.

Term Canadian International
September 1 - December 31, 2016 $1300.00 $1950.00
January 1 - April 30, 2017 $1300.00 $1950.00
May 1 - August 31, 2017 $1300.00 $1950.00
Total per academic year $3900.00 $5850.00

Tuition information is accurate for the current academic year and does not include student fees. For detailed tuition and fees information, visit the official tuition website.

Admission requirements

  • A recognized Bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics, economics, or a relevant field
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units).
  • Background training including training in mathematics, statistics, economic theory, and econometrics
  • Those students whose undergraduate training is in an area of specialization other than agricultural economics, economics, or a relevant field, are usually required to take about one year of additional training in agricultural economics at the undergraduate level
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English.
  • A master’s degree, or equivalent, in a related field of study from a recognized college or university.
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units).
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English.

Application process

Submit an online application

Once you begin an application, choose the following application forms in the system:

  • Graduate (B) Fall term start - September

During the application, you'll be asked for:

  • Personal information such as your name, address, etc.
  • The names and email addresses of your three referees
  • Your educational history from all post-secondary institutions you've attended

The application takes about 20 minutes to complete. You may save your application and return to it later as long as you remember the Login ID and PIN you've created.

At the end of the application, you will need to pay a non-refundable $90 application fee. It is recommended that you pay online with a credit card. If you do not pay online when completing your application, you will need to use an alternate form of payment. Your application will not be processed until payment is received.

If you are a past or current student you may begin an application in the admissions channel of PAWS.

Submitting Required Documents

Once you've completed an online application you will need to have the following documents submitted:
  • You will need to send in official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate courses (including, where necessary, a certified English translation), even if a degree was not awarded. You do not need to submit transcripts for courses taken at the U of S.
  • Have the transcripts sent directly from the institutions to the department address below.
  • If your current degree is still in progress, you will need to arrange for your official final transcripts showing the awarding of your degree to be sent to your department.
  • Copies of transcripts are not acceptable as final admission documents, unless they have also been verified and stamped by your issuing institution.

If you are required to provide proof of English proficiency your English test results need to be sent directly from the organization where your tests were taken to the department address below.

In addition to the above official documents, send the following to the Graduate Administrator listed below:

  • A letter or statement of purpose outlining your research interests
  • A curriculum vitae or resume


Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Rm 3D34 - 51 Campus Drive
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A8

Graduate Chair
Dr. Hayley Hesseln

Graduate Administrator