Tuition and Costs

Cost of Living

Current cost-of-living information can be found on the websites of the Faculty of Grad Studies or U of A International.


Unless admitted as a part-time student, graduate students must register as full-time students: *9 [=9 credit hours, or 18 (fi)] per term, in each of Fall and Winter semesters. Full-time registration (THES 906) is also required in Spring and Summer terms for students admitted from September 2011 on.

Students admitted as a "Visiting Graduate Student" might be eligible to register for RSCH 900. Find information on the Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research website.


  • Tuition and fees are set by the University of Alberta. Current fees and information can be found on the website of the Faculty of Grad Studies & Research.
  • In 2019-2020, tuition & fees are $5,643 for full-time graduate students who are citizens or permanent residents of Canada.
  • In 2019-2020, tuition & fees for full-time International graduate students are $9,462; this includes the "Differential Fee", an extra fee that International students must pay. The student's research supervisor pays the differential fee for first year International students.
  • All students must pay tuition and fees throughout their graduate programs.