Proposed Education Tuition Increases

Under the Alberta Tuition Framework, the University of Alberta Faculty of Education has begun consultation on proposals to increase tuition for the Master of Education in Counselling Psychology programs (course-based and thesis-based) for domestic students starting in Fall 2022. Collecting tuition is essential to providing students with high-quality learning and research opportunities.


While we aim to keep tuition low and accessible, University of Alberta fees have not kept pace with inflationary pressures and cost increases in program delivery. In many cases, current tuition fees are well below average compared to peer institutions that are similarly ranked, partly due to a domestic tuition freeze between 2014-2019. Raising tuition above the approved seven per-cent increase allows the Faculty to maintain a high-quality educational experience for students, including a real-life clinical experience afforded through Education Clinical Services, while remaining competitive with comparable programs in peer institutions.

Proposed tuition increase for MEd in Counselling Psychology

Note: cost for two-year program assuming a normal full-time course load

Current Tuition (2021/22)

Proposed Tuition (2022/23)

$4,287 (course-based)
$4,192 (thesis-based)

Market comparators



2021/22 Tuition

4 University of Calgary $10,765.46
6 McGill University $10,211.37
1 (tie) University of Toronto $10,070.00
7 Western University $8,671.00
1 (tie) UBC $8,203.17
- Athabasca University $7,738.18**
3 University of Alberta $4,287.00

* based on Maclean’s best education program rankings 2021
** three-year program

Counselling MEd FAQs

Who will be affected by the proposed tuition increase?

The proposed tuition increase would apply to domestic students entering the Master of Education in Counselling Psychology programs in the 2022/23 academic year. Current domestic and international students are exempted from the increase.

How much is the proposed tuition increase?

Tuition would increase from $4,287 per year to $8,574 per year for the 2022/23 academic year.

Why is the proposed tuition increase necessary?

University of Alberta fees have also not kept pace with inflationary pressures and cost increases in program delivery, partly due to a domestic tuition freeze between 2014-2019. Furthermore, the cost of running an on-site clinic, a valuable support to professional education, had been subsidized by the university. This is no longer possible due to recent provincial budget cuts.

Won’t the increase in tuition make the UAlberta Counselling Psychology MEd program uncompetitive?

The proposed tuition increase will allow the Faculty to improve the quality of the program, while still remaining at a tuition rate in alignment with programs in other Canadian schools. A lower cost of living for students living in Edmonton compared to living in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, and Toronto also provides the program with a competitive advantage.

What will the additional funds be used for?

The clinic is the cornerstone of our counselling training programs and ensuring that it is functioning with necessary operational upgrades in equipment and procedures is essential.

Additional revenue will allow access to up-to-date testing materials, the OWL platform for virtual counselling, and other appropriate technology for work integrated learning. It will ensure our ability to continue to attract and retain high quality practicum placements with excellent supervisors. A portion of the funds will be allocated to scholarships for incoming Master’s students in Counselling Psychology.

Has this exceptional tuition increase been approved?

It is important to note that we are currently in the consultation phase and no final decisions have yet been made. Any proposed tuition increase needs approval from the University of Alberta Board of Governors and the Minister of Advanced Education. We will be submitting our proposal in May after receiving feedback from stakeholders.


For more information about these and other university tuition increase proposals, please contact:

Hallie Brodie
Issues & Strategic Communications Manager