Tuition Guarantee for International Students Admitted in Fall 2020 and Beyond

If you are an international student admitted in Fall 2020 and beyond, your tuition will be calculated using a program-based model. This means that you will receive an annual and total program tuition guarantee in your formal letter of admission to the University.

This guarantee will offer stable and predictable tuition expenses over the term of your studies. It will help you to plan for the costs of your education, and of living and studying in a new country.

The terms of the guarantee will depend on the kind of program to which you are admitted. If there is a difference between the rates stated below and the rates in the guarantee received with your offer of admission, the offer of admission will take precedence.

How It Works

For international students admitted to course-based master’s degree programs:

  • When you are admitted to a course-based master’s degree program, you will be provided with a guaranteed total program fee in advance, based on the minimum course-weights required to complete your degree program (as stated in the current U of A calendar).
  • In general, payment of the tuition will be split over two years.
  • If you need more time to complete required courses, you will be allowed to do so over a period of up to two additional years without incurring additional tuition costs (though other fees and expenses will apply).
  • If you require more than four years in total to complete your requirements, you will be charged for additional courses on a per-course basis at that year’s current rate.
  • Some exceptions may apply.

For international students in thesis-based master’s and doctoral programs:

  • When you are admitted to a thesis-based master’s or doctoral program, you will be provided in your letter of admission with a guaranteed annual tuition rate based on full-time enrolment in every term.
  • This guarantee will apply to all requirements necessary to complete the thesis-based degree program except courses taken in the Spring and Summer terms. Course registrations in those terms (other than mandatory THES 906 enrolments) will be assessed additional tuition costs.
  • You will also be provided a maximum total covered by the guarantee corresponding with the normal maximum duration of your program.
  • You will be charged the annual rate each year in which you are enrolled in your program. Provided that you have met the minimum registration requirement, you need only pay for the number of years you need to meet your program requirements.
  • Some exceptions may apply.

Note that this tuition guarantee applies only to the courses required to complete your program. It does not include any mandatory non-instructional fees or other costs such as the U-Pass, textbooks, residence fees, student association fees, etc.

If you change programs at the University of Alberta, your original guarantee may no longer apply, and you may be provided with a new guarantee at the time of program change.

Tuition Guarantee Rates

Following are the approved tuition guarantee rates for international students entering a graduate program at this University in the Fall 2020 Cohort (Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 terms) (rates approved by the Board of Governors on June 14, 2019). Guaranteed rates for Fall 2021 and beyond will start to be available in April 2020.

Fall 2020 Cohort: Doctoral Programs

Annual rate $8,700
Total amount under this guarantee $52,200
Length of guarantee 6 years
Minimum required payment

$26,100

(the equivalent of three years of full-time registration)

Not covered under this guarantee
  • Registration in courses in spring/summer terms beyond mandatory THES 906

  • Other fees, including mandatory non-instructional fees

  • Cost of living

Cost of additional spring/summer term courses beyond mandatory THES 906
$1,864.30 per *3 course within the period of time covered by the guarantee

 

Fall 2020 Cohort: Standard Thesis-based Master’s Programs

Annual rate $8,700
Total amount under this guarantee $34,800
Length of guarantee 4 years
Minimum required payment

$8,700 (the equivalent of one year of full-time registration)

Not covered under this guarantee
  • Registration in courses in spring/summer terms beyond mandatory THES 906

  • Other fees, including mandatory non-instructional fees

  • Cost of living

Cost of additional spring/summer term courses beyond mandatory THES 906 $1,864.30 per *3 course within the period of time covered by the guarantee

 

Fall 2020 Cohort: Standard Course-based Master’s Programs

Total guarantee $1864.30 per *3 course within the period of time covered by the guarantee

Each program has a unique total based on the minimum required credits to complete your program, as stated in the 2020-2021 calendar

Annual rate

 
The total guarantee will be paid in equal instalments over two years
Length of guarantee 4 years
Minimum payment The total guarantee amount, paid in two annual instalments
Not covered under this guarantee
  • Courses that need to be repeated due to withdrawal or failure

  • Other fees, including mandatory non-instructional fees
  • Cost of living

Cost of additional courses not covered by the guarantee within the period of time covered by the guarantee

$1,864.30 per *3 course within the period of time covered by the guarantee
Cost of additional courses taken after the guarantee expires To be assessed according to the rates approved for that year

 

Fall 2020 Cohort: Master of Engineering

Annual rate $19,750
Total guarantee $39,500
Length of guarantee 4 years
Minimum payment The total guarantee amount, paid in two annual instalments
Not covered under this guarantee
  • Courses that need to be repeated due to withdrawal or failure
  • Other fees, including mandatory non-instructional fees
  • Cost of living
Cost of additional courses not covered by the guarantee within the period of time covered by the guarantee
$4,307.52 per *3 course within the period of time covered by the guarantee

 

Fall 2020 Cohort: Master of Business Administration

Annual rate $28,281.60
Total guarantee $56,563.20
Length of guarantee 4 years
Minimum payment The total guarantee amount, paid in two annual instalments
Not covered under this guarantee
  • Courses that need to be repeated due to withdrawal or failure
  • Other fees, including mandatory non-instructional fees
  • Cost of living
Cost of additional courses not covered by the guarantee within the period of time covered by the guarantee
$2,828.16 per *3 course within the period of time covered by the guarantee
Cost of additional courses taken after the guarantee expires To be assessed according to the rates approved for that year

 

Fall 2020 Cohort: Master of Business Administration Fast Track

Annual rate $16,968.96
Total guarantee $33,937.92
Length of guarantee 4 years
Minimum payment The total guarantee amount, paid in two annual instalments
Not covered under this guarantee
  • Courses that need to be repeated due to withdrawal or failure
  • Other fees, including mandatory non-instructional fees
  • Cost of living
Cost of additional courses not covered by the guarantee within the period of time covered by the guarantee
$2,828.16 per *3 course within the period of time covered by the guarantee
Cost of additional courses taken after the guarantee expires To be assessed according to the rates approved for that year

 

Cost Recovery Programs

Information will be provided as it becomes available