Tuition and Fees

Proposed 2018-19 Instructional Fees for International Graduate Students

The University of Alberta is proposing a 3.14% increase to international undergraduate and graduate tuition in alignment with the rising costs of delivering programs. This represents a 3.14% increase to instructional fees only. Even with this moderate increase, University of Alberta graduate education will remain competitive among the top five institutions across the country. International students will continue have access to a top calibre education at a fair price.

This rate increase will be considered by the University's Board of Governors along with the university’s 2018-19 budget. The final numbers will be released at the end of March. We are announcing the proposed rate in advance of a Board decision so that students have early information on which to base decisions for the upcoming academic year.

We remain committed to supporting a diverse student population, recognizing that internationalization is a key element of a high-quality post-secondary education.

At the graduate level, the proposed instructional fee increases for 2018-19 are as follows:

Instructional Fees
Graduate Program Type
2017-18 d 2018-19 $ %
Course Based Master's a
$8,181.36 $8,437.68 $256.32 3.13%
Thesis 919 b
$5,265.08 $160.24 3.14%
Thesis Based Masters/PhD c
$7,057.80 $7,279.32 $221.52 3.14%
Master's in Business Administration
$16,017.84 $16,519.68 $501.84 3.13%

Integrated Petroleum Geosciences Course

$2,924.12 $3,015.86 $91.74 3.14%
International Graduate Tuition Increase f,g
$4,000.00 $4,000.00 n/a 0.00%


(a) Values based on full-time per term and full-time per year unless otherwise stated.

(b) Tuition applies to thesis students who were admitted to the program of study prior to Fall 2011 and are assessed the reduced thesis rate.

(c) Tuition applies to thesis students who were admitted to the program of study beginning in Fall 2011 or later; this is based on annual fee assessment (including spring/summer).

(d) As approved by the Board of Governors, December 16, 2016.

(e) Figures may be rounded downwards at fee index level for administrative purposes, thus lowering the effective year percentage increase below 3.14%.

(f) Per year for full time student, excluding cost recovery and graduate course based Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech master's programs in Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine.

(g) $4,000 will be cost-neutral and offset by an equal amount of financial support.