Tuition Framework for International Students Admitted in Fall 2020 and Beyond

If you are an international student admitted to a graduate program 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 inform you of the total tuition cost of your program. (The guarantee does not refer to an award or to reimbursement of any tuition costs.)

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

To learn more, select the appropriate program type:

  • 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. You may be able to complete your program in less than two years; in this event, you will still be required to pay the total tuition indicated on your offer letter in order to be eligible for convocation.

    • 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.

    • The tuition guarantee only applies to the standard course requirements necessary to complete your program. The guarantee does not include the costs for any additional coursework, including courses that may need to be repeated due to withdrawal or failing grades.

    • Some exceptions may apply.

  • For international students admitted to 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, October 18, 2019 and March 26, 2020). All rates are in Canadian dollars. Guaranteed rates for Fall 2021 and beyond will be posted in July 2020.

The programs listed here include (1) those for which standard fees apply, and (2) those with non-standard fees. Please note that these lists are not comprehensive. To confirm whether the program that interests you is assessed standard or non-standard fees, please contact the department that offers it. Incoming international students who choose to defer their admission from the Fall 2020 cohort to a new start date of Fall 2021 or beyond should be aware that they will change to a new cohort and receive a new guaranteed tuition rate.

Programs with Standard Fees

  • Fall 2020 Cohort: Doctoral Programs

    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
    • For courses with specialized fees taken by students in standard programs, the difference between the course standard fee and the course specialized fee will be charged
    • 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

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

    Total guarantee $1,864.30 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 installments over two years
    Length of guarantee 4 years
    Minimum cost of program
    The total guarantee amount
    Not covered under this guarantee

    • Courses that need to be repeated due to withdrawal or failure
    • Other fees, including mandatory non-instructional fees
    • For courses with specialized fees taken by students in standard programs, the difference between the course standard fee and the course specialized fee will be charged
    • 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
    Cost of additional courses taken after the guarantee expires To be assessed according to the rates approved for that year
  • Fall 2020 Cohort: Thesis-Based Master's Programs

    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
    • For courses with specialized fees taken by students in standard programs, the difference between the course standard fee and the course specialized fee will be charged
    • 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

Programs with Non-Standard Fees

  • Fall 2020 Cohort: Executive Master of Business Admininstration

    Fall 2020 Cohort: Executive Master of Business Administration

    Annual rate $33,500
    Total guarantee $67,000
    Length of guarantee 4 years
    Minimum cost of program
    The total guarantee amount
    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
    Contact gradfees@ualberta.ca for assistance
    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 Accounting

    Fall 2020 Cohort: Master of Accounting

    Annual rate $25,200
    Total guarantee $50,400
    Length of guarantee 4 years
    Minimum cost of program The total guarantee amount
    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
    $4,200 per *3 course
    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 Arts in Communications and Technology

    Fall 2020 Cohort: Master of Arts in Communications and Technology

    • Faculty of Extension

    Annual rate $7,212 (includes $3,000 non-refundable annual program fee)
    Total guarantee $14,424
    Length of guarantee 4 years
    Minimum cost of program
    The total guarantee amount
    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
    • Program fees for programs that extend beyond two years

    Cost of additional courses not covered by the guarantee within the period of time covered by the guarantee
    $702 per *3 course
    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

    Fall 2020 Cohort: Master of Business Administration

    Annual rate $28,281.60
    Total guarantee $56,563.20
    Length of guarantee 4 years
    Minimum cost of program
    The total guarantee amount
    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
    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

    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 cost of program
    The total guarantee amount
    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
    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 - Fort McMurray

    Fall 2020 Cohort: Master of Business Administration - Fort McMurray

    Annual rate $22,500
    Total guarantee $45,000
    Length of guarantee 4 years
    Minimum cost of program
    The total guarantee amount
    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
    $2,250 per *3 course
    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 Education (Course-Based) in Curriculum and Pedagogy

    Fall 2020 Cohort: Master of Education (Course-Based) in Curriculum and Pedagogy

    • Department of Elementary Education

    Annual rate $5,110
    Total guarantee $10,220
    Length of guarantee 4 years
    Minimum cost of program
    The total guarantee amount
    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
    $1,022 per *3 course
    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 Education (Course-Based) in Educational Studies

    Fall 2020 Cohort: Master of Education (Course-Based) in Educational Studies

    Annual rate $8,176
    Total guarantee $16,352
    Length of guarantee 4 years
    Minimum cost of program
    The total guarantee amount
    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
    $1,635.20 per *3 course
    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 Education (Course-Based) in Health Sciences Education

    Fall 2020 Cohort: Master of Education (Course-Based) in Health Sciences Education

    Annual rate $8,800
    Total guarantee $17,600
    Length of guarantee 4 years
    Minimum cost of program
    The total guarantee amount
    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
    $1,600 per *3 course
    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

    Fall 2020 Cohort: Master of Engineering

    • Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering
    • Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    • Department of Mechanical Engineering

    Annual rate $19,750
    Total guarantee $39,500
    Length of guarantee 4 years
    Minimum cost of program
    The total guarantee amount
    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
    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 Library and Information Studies (Course-Based) Online Program

    Fall 2020 Cohort: Master of Library and Information Studies (Course-Based) Online Program

    • School of Library and Information Studies

    Annual rate $6,643
    Total guarantee $13,286
    Length of guarantee 4 years
    Minimum cost of program
    The total guarantee amount
    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
    $1,022 per *3 course
    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 Public Health (Course-Based)

    Fall 2020 Cohort: Master of Public Health (Course-Based)

    Annual rate

    • $13,982.25 for the following specializations: Applied Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Food Safety, Global Health - Crse, and Occupational & Environmental Health

    • $13,050.10 for the following specializations: Health Promotion (Distance Learning), Health Promotion (On-Campus)

    • $15.846.55 for the following specialization: Health Policy & Management - Crse

    Total guarantee

    • $27,964.50 for the following specializations: Applied Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Food Safety, Global Health - Crse, and Occupational & Environmental Health

    • $26,100.20 for the following specializations: Health Promotion (Distance Learning), Health Promotion (On-Campus)

    • $31,693.10 for the following specialization: Health Policy & Management - Crse

    Length of guarantee 4 years
    Minimum cost of program
    The total guarantee amount
    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
    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 Science (Course-Based) in Integrated Petroleum Geosciences

    Fall 2020 Cohort: Master of Science (Course-Based) in Integrated Petroleum Geosciences

    • Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

    Annual rate $18,595.44
    Total guarantee $37,190.88
    Length of guarantee 3 years
    Minimum cost of program
    The total guarantee amount
    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
    $3,099.24 per *3 course
  • Fall 2020 Cohort: Master of Science (Course-Based) in Internetworking

    Fall 2020 Cohort: Master of Science (Course-Based) in Internetworking

    Annual rate $11,000
    Non-refundable program fee
    $3,500
    Total guarantee $25,500 (includes non-refundable program fee)
    Length of guarantee 4 years
    Minimum cost of program The total guarantee amount
    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
    $2,200 per *3 course
    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 Science (Course-Based) in Multimedia

    Fall 2020 Cohort: Master of Science (Course-Based) in Multimedia

    • Department of Computing Science

    Annual rate $12,000
    Total guarantee $24,000
    Length of guarantee 4 years
    Minimum cost of program The total guarantee amount
    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
    $2,000 per *3 course
    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 Science (Course-Based) in Urban and Regional Planning - One-Year Stream

    Fall 2020 Cohort: Master of Science (Course-Based) in Urban and Regional Planning - One-Year Stream

    • Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

    Annual rate $13,568.60
    Total guarantee $27,137.20
    Length of guarantee 3 years
    Minimum cost of program The total guarantee amount
    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
    $2,713.72 per *3 course
  • Fall 2020 Cohort: Master of Science (Course-Based) in Urban and Regional Planning - Two-Year Stream

    Fall 2020 Cohort: Master of Science (Course-Based) in Urban and Regional Planning - Two-Year Stream

    • Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

    Annual rate $18,996.04
    Total guarantee $37,992.08
    Length of guarantee 3 years
    Minimum cost of program The total guarantee amount
    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
    $2,713.72 per *3 course
  • Fall 2020 Cohort: Other Programs with Non-Standard Fees

    Fall 2020 Cohort: Other Programs with Non-Standard Fees

    Information will be provided as it becomes available