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

Amount

Thesis-based Master's & Doctoral $5,625 CAD
Course-based Master's $5,560 CAD

International Students

Amount

Thesis-based Master's & Doctoral

$9,020 CAD
Course-based Master's $9,995 CAD

(Based on 2017/2018 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) and they exclude tuition costs.

   Single Adult Two Adults, One Child* 
Item
Monthly
Annually (September to August)   Monthly
Annually (September to August)
Housing  $900 - $1,200 (one bedroom)
 $10,800 - $14,400  $1,400 - $2,000 (3-bedroom house)  $16,800 - $24,000
Utilities  $240 - $450  $2,880 - $5,400  $240 - $450  $2,880 - $5,400
Internet & mobile phone  $170  $2,040  $240  $2,880
 Food  $200 - $300  $2,400 - $3,600
 $550 - $650  $6,600 - $7,800
 Clothing   -
 $500 + $200 for winter clothing   -
 $1,500 + $600 for winter clothing
 Transportation (Bus) Included in student fees (U-Pass program)
 Included in student fees (U-Pass program)  $95 for the second adult + $70 for the child  $1,140 for the second adult + $840 for the child
 Educational Supplies**   -
 $1,600   -
 $1,600
 Child Care and School Fees   -
  -
 $1,000  $12,000
 Recreation  $75  $900  $200  $2,400
Cost of Living Total (excluding tuition)
$1,255 - $1,505   $21,320 - $28,640  $3,795 - $4,705  $49,240 - $60,160

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* One graduate student, one additional adult, and one child under 12 years of age in full-time child care.

** Not included in graduate tuition and mandatory fees.

All cost estimates are in Canadian dollars (CAD).

Please note that the costs above are estimates only. The amounts are based on sources from 2016-2017 and are intended to serve only as a general guideline. Actual costs will vary according to many factors such as personal preference, household type, vendor, and more. For precise cost information, please contact vendors (e.g. landlords, mobile companies, bookstores, etc.) directly to confirm pricing.