Tuition and Fees

How Fees are Calculated

Graduate program fees are calculated based on your program of study (ie. course-based or thesis-based) and according to your year of admission. The following three graduate student scenarios describe how program fees are determined:

 

  1. Thesis-Based Programs
    For Students Admitted Prior to Fall 2011

  2. Thesis-based Programs
    For Students Admitted Fall 2011 and Onwards

  3. Course-based Programs
    For All Students

 

Note: Changes to Your Fee Assessment 

It is very important that you check your BearTracks account regularly for changes to their fee assessment.  Due to system configuration and changes, your fees may need to be recalculated throughout the term. 
Please notify gradfees@ualberta.ca  as soon as possible if you are concerned about your fee assessment being either too high or too low in value.

 

See also: Obtaining your Class Timetable/Fee Assessment


Thesis-based Programs: 
For Students Admitted Prior to Fall 2011

Fees are calculated based on the thesis research activity and/or the number of courses you register in.

Every thesis/course section at the University of Alberta is assigned fee index units, represented by the (fi X) beside each course listed in Bear Tracks and the University Calendar.

The cost (instructional fees) for courses taken for credit is therefore determined by multiplying the fee index units of each course by the graduate fee index value approved by the Board of Governors each year.

     
Fall 2016/Winter 2017
Graduate Fee Index (fi) Value = $104.02
* = units of course weight
THES 903 represents *3 of research activity
fi 6
$104.02 x 6 = $624.12
THES 909 represents *9 of research activity
fi 18
$104.02 x 18 = $1872.36
SOC 633 *1.5 credit course
fi 3
$104.02 x 3 = $312.06
CIV E 900 *3 directed research project
fi 6
$104.02 x 6 = $624.12

Note: There are additional fees and exceptions to the above.

  • Non-instructional fees (eg. athletics, health services) are assessed based on registration, either full-time or part-time
  • International students are assessed an international student differential fee for each term of registration. There is an additional $116.58 fee index assessed for international students  (i.e. a 3 credit course will have an additional $699.48 assessed for each course)
  • Thesis 919 is a reduced fee thesis registration with a flat instructional fee
  • Fees for audit courses are calculated differently; see the Fees Payment Guide of the University Calendar for more details
  • Off-campus courses are not assessed some non-instructional fees
  • Fees for the Spring and Summer Terms are different
  • To avoid installment charges, all Fall/Winter fees must be paid by the last weekday in September (the Fall Term Fee Payment Deadline). If students pay by term, there is a $40 installment fee added to the Winter Term fees. Similar rules apply to Spring/Summer fees. See section §22.2.6 of the University Calendar for details.

Thesis-based Programs:
For Students Admitted in Fall 2011 and onwards

Commencing in Fall 2011, all newly admitted students registered in  thesis based programs will be assessed fees using a ‘program’ fee rather than a per course fee charge.

The program fee will be now assessed in Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer terms. The total yearly program fee is divided as follows: 1/3,  1/3,  1/6,  1/6 for each of the four terms, respectively.

In Spring/Summer terms, thesis based students must pay their program fee and the UPass fee. In addition, if they choose to audit a course or to register in a NON-Thesis subject course, they will be charged additional course fees and non instructional fees for Spring/Summer terms.

     
Fall 2016/Winter 2017
Canadian Full-time Yearly Program Fee
Course load of at least *9 credits
$3,662.40
Canadian Part-time Yearly Program Fee
Course load of less than *9 credits
 $1,831.20
International Full-time Program Fee
Course load of at least *9 credits
$6,743.28
International Part-time Program Fee
Course load of less than *9 credits
$3,371.64

Note: There are additional fees and exceptions to the above.

  • Students registered in Cost Recovery programs/courses, Alternate Delivery courses, undergraduate Engineering courses, or MBA courses are subject to extra fees. MBA courses are 500/600 level courses offered by the School of Business (ACCTG, B LAW, BUEC, BUS, FIN, MARK, MGTSC, MIS, OM, or SMO codes).
  • Students can contact their respective departments for further information regarding Cost Recovery, Alternate Delivery or undergraduate Engineering courses that may be required as part of their graduate programs. Students auditing these courses are subject to the same rules.
  • Non-instructional fees (eg. athletics, health services) are assessed based on registration, either full-time or part-time.
  • Spring and Summer fees are calculated in a different manner than Fall/Winter fees. If a student chooses to register in additional (non-thesis) courses, a charge per course (based on the fee index) will be incurred in addition to the program fee. As well, applicable non-instructional fees will be charged on the Spring/Summer term with additional (non-thesis) course(s). The same applies if a student chooses to audit a course. See the Fees Payment Guide of the University Calendar for more details on auditing courses.
  • To avoid installment charges, all Fall/Winter fees must be paid by the last weekday in September (the Fall Term Fee Payment Deadline). If students pay by term, there is a $40 installment fee added to the Winter Term fees. Similar rules apply to Spring/Summer fees. See §22.2.6 of the University Calendar for details.

Course-based Programs

Fees are calculated based on the number of courses you register in.

Every course at the University of Alberta is assigned fee index units, represented by the (fi X) beside each course listed in Bear Tracks and the University Calendar.

The cost (instructional fees) for courses taken for credit is therefore determined by multiplying the fee index units of each course by the graduate fee index value approved by the Board of Governors each year.

International students must pay the Canadian/PR fee index rate, along with an additional assessed international fee index rate.

     
Fall 2016/Winter 2017  Canadian/PR
Graduate Fee Index (fi) Value = $104.02
* = units of course weight
SOC 633 *1.5 credit course
fi 3
$104.02 x 3 = $312.06
CIV E 900 *3 credit course
fi 6
$104.02 x 6 = $624.12

Note: There are additional fees and exceptions to the above.

  • Non-instructional fees (eg. athletics, health services) are assessed based on registration, either full-time or part-time/on-campus or off-campus
  • International students are assessed an international student differential fee for each course they are registered in.  There is an additional $116.58 charged for each fee index (i.e. a 3 credit course (fi=6) will cost an additional $699.48 per course for an international student) 
  • MBA students are assessed a program differential fee. See MBA sample assessments.
  • Cost-recovery programs–MACT, MSc in Internetworking, MEd in Educational Studies, MBA Executive and Fort McMurray–assess fees differently (contact the department)
  • Fees for audit courses are calculated differently; see the Fees Payment Guide of the University Calendar for more details
  • Off-campus courses are not assessed some non-instructional fees
  • Fees for Spring and Summer Terms are different
  • To avoid installment charges, all Fall/Winter fees must be paid by the last weekday in September (the Fall Term Fee Payment Deadline). If students pay by term, there is a $40 installment fee added to the Winter Term fees. Similar rules apply to Spring/Summer fees. See §22.2.6 of the University Calendar for details.