Tuition & Cost of Living Estimates

Tuition Estimate

Tuition for graduate students at the University of Alberta is based on the type of program—thesis or course based—and whether you are registered full-time or part-time­. Please note that the below tables are graduate program estimates only

For a full breakdown, visit the Tuition and Fees section of our website.

Full-time graduate students should expect to pay each year approximately:

Canadian Students

(Thesis-based Master’s & Doctoral) $5,600 CAD
(Course-based Master’s) $5,540 CAD

International Students

(Thesis-based Master’s & Doctoral) $8,790 CAD
(Course-based Master’s) $9,740 CAD

(Based on 2016/2017 tuition rates)

Keep in mind that your fees may be offset if you are the recipient of an award or receive funding. For more information, please see Awards and Funding

Cost of Living Estimate

This estimate is a guideline. Living costs vary greatly based on the type of accommodation, whether you are sharing accommodation with roommates, and your overall standard of living. All figures are in Canadian dollars (CAD).

  Monthly Full Year (September to August)
(Single, off-campus, not shared)
$800–$1,050 $9,600–$12,600
Food $270 $3,240
Clothing $50 $600
Miscellaneous* $155 $1,860
Cost of Living Total $1,255–$1,505 $15,300–$18,300
Average cost of living
Tuition and fees (Thesis student)
$5,600 (Canadian student) or $8,790 (International student)
$22,400 (Canadian student) or $25,590 (International student)

*Miscellaneous costs include monthly phone ($50), laundry ($30) and recreation/entertainment ($75).