Tuition & Fees

All graduate students are responsible for keeping tuition payment and student fees up-to-date until the completion of their program.

Students who encounter financial difficulty during their studies should discuss the issue with their graduate supervisor.

Note: A non-refundable application fee is required for each graduate program to which a student applies. Application fees cannot be deferred and are valid for only one application year. In some cases, the application fee may be waived. Please see the Online Application and Fee for details.


For most programs, graduate tuition is assessed as an annual program fee. The annual fee 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. Graduate students at UBC’s Okanagan campus who have questions about payment deadlines should visit our Deadlines database.

Current Tuition Rates 

Current tuition fees for all graduate programs are listed in the Okanagan Academic Calendar:

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

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

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

All graduate students are assessed full-time tuition fees, unless they apply for part-time status at the beginning of their program. Only master’s students are eligible to apply for part-time status.

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 are not permitted to switch between full-time and part-time tuition fees after the initial payment of the tuition fees in the first term of the program.

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.

Paying Your Fees

Students pay fees online through the Student Service Centre for 2024 Summer and Workday for 2024 Winter. Students who have outstanding fees:

  • accrue interest on outstanding balances, adding to the amount owed;
  • are placed on “financial hold”, restricting the ability to register in courses and restricting the services the university can provide;
  • cannot obtain official transcripts or a degree certificate.

Other Fees

All Okanagan campus students are assessed student fees.

These fees help cover costs of resources available to students.