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Graduate Tuition Fees

For most programs, graduate tuition is assessed as an annual program fee, which is divided into three equal installments due at the beginning of academic terms starting in September, January and May. This fee is the same regardless of how many course credits the student is registered in.

2017 Tuition Fee Estimates (Full-time)





Standard Master’s Degree Programs

$4,800 per year ($1,600 per term)

$8,430 per year ($2,810 per term)

Standard Doctoral Degree Programs

$4,800 per year ($1,600 per term)

$8,430 per year ($2,810 per term)

See the Academic Calendar for complete details about fees.

Specialized Programs

Specialized Master’s programs—MA in Education, MEd, MEng, and MSW—have different fees. Consult the Academic Calendar for details.

Domestic vs. International

For the purpose of tuition charges, the classification between domestic and international students is based on citizenship/permanent residency.

  • Domestic: Canadian citizens or permanent residents (as well as refugees and diplomats)
  • International: all applicants without Canadian citizenship or permanent residency in Canada (landed immigrants), including US citizens, are international students.

If you hold multiple citizenship and one of these is Canadian, you are a domestic student.

Full-time vs. Part-time

All doctoral students are assessed full-time tuition fees. Master’s students are assessed full-time tuition fees, unless studying part-time. Part-time study is only available in some Master’s degree program, and must be applied for prior to the beginning of first term by submitting the Application for Part-time Tuition. See the Academic Calendar for part-time tuition details.

Part-time students:

  • are not eligible to receive interest-free status government loans, University fellowships or scholarships;
  • are not eligible for teaching assistantships, research assistantships, student housing, or assigned desk space at the University; and
  • must meet the five-year maximum time allowed for master's programs.

Students who pay part-time tuition fees are not permitted to revert back to full-time after the initial payment of the tuition fees in the first term of the program.

Senior Citizens

BC residents who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents aged 65 years or over during the session in which they are registered are not assessed application, tuition, or student fees. The Distance Education administrative fee and some special fees may be assessed.

Last reviewed shim6/22/2017 9:21:07 AM