Tuition & Funding

Tuition is $20,204.73* CDN per year for domestic students (Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents) payable in three installments due at the start of July, September and January.

Tuition is $39,152.91* CDN per year for international students (all students requiring a Study Permit for entrance to Canada) payable in three installments due at the start of July, September and January.

*These are fees for the 2023/24 academic year. Tuition fees are reviewed annually by the Board of Governors. In recent years, tuition increases have been 2% for continuing domestic students and between 2% and 5% for continuing international students. All fees are subject to adjustment by UBC at any time; for more information on tuition and other fees, please refer to the UBC Calendar.

Graduate Student Fees

In addition to tuition, UBC graduate students are also assessed mandatory student fees, which include an Athletics and Recreation Fee, a public transit pass (U-Pass) fee and membership fees for the Graduate Student Society (GSS) and the Alma Mater Society (AMS). You will also be charged for mandatory extended health and dental insurance coverage unless you can demonstrate that you already have equivalent coverage.

Non-refundable Acceptance Deposit

A non-refundable acceptance deposit of $1,000 is payable upon notification of acceptance into the MSFM program. The acceptance deposit is credited towards the first tuition installment. If the student does not commence the program, the deposit is forfeited.

Other Expenses to Plan For

Please refer to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website for complete details on the cost of living in Vancouver.


Needs-based Funding

In-depth information about needs-based funding such as loans, bursaries and other types of financial aid is available from the UBC Student Services office. MSFM students may apply for UBC bursaries, but must be in receipt of full Canadian Government student loan funding and have “unmet need” after their loan funding as determined in their loan assessment. UBC bursaries are non-repayable awards. They are designed to help fill unmet need, the gap between your assessed financial need and available government assistance.  Refer to the UBC Student Services Awards Scholarships and Bursaries website for complete details.

Association of BC Forest Professionals Sustainable Forest Management Prize

A $1,000 prize has been made available through an endowment established by ForesTrust, registered charity of the Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP), for a Master’s student in the Faculty of Forestry studying sustainable forest management. Preference is given to students enrolled in the Master of Sustainable Forest Management program who have indicated the intent to become active members of the ABCFP during their career, and who have demonstrated academic excellence and leadership skills through their studies. The ABCFP is responsible for registering and regulating British Columbia’s professional foresters and forest technologists and is the largest professional association in Canada. The award is made to a graduating MSFM student on the recommendation of the Faculty of Forestry, in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. This prize is announced at the CIF Silver Ring Ceremony in late March.

Binkley Family Graduate Scholarship

Four scholarships totaling approximately $11,000 are available each year to outstanding graduate students in the Faculty of Forestry enrolled in one of the Faculty’s Professional Master’s degree programs (MIF, MSFM, MGEM, MUFL). A scholarship is awarded to one student in each program with high academic standing (minimum 85% overall average at end of Fall Term) and also demonstrating exceptional engagement and leadership within their cohort. No application is required; recipients are notified in mid-January each year.

Course-based Master’s Graduate Student Professional Development Fund

Deadline: None

The Course-based Master’s (CBM) Graduate Student Professional Development Fund provides funding support for students enrolled in MF, MIF, MGEM, MSFM or MUFL program to participate in person or virtual professional development (workshop, course or conference) directly related to their area of study. It cannot be used toward internship expenses or student workshops. CBM graduate students are eligible to use the fund once during their degree (one activity) to a maximum of $600 per student. Funding is limited each year and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible applicants. See the application form for complete eligibility details and procedure and payment information.

Forestry Indigenous grad Student Entrance Scholarship

The Faculty of Forestry makes available annual funds for two scholarships, up to $10,000 each, for Indigenous students entering any of UBC Forestry’s Master’s programs or PhD program. All Aboriginal students are eligible to apply but priority is given to those whose traditional territory falls, at least in part, within Canada. This includes Canadian First Nations (Status and non-Status), Métis or Inuit students and may include Aboriginal students from Alaska and the northern states of the USA. Scholarship applicants must be starting their first Master’s or PhD program at UBC Forestry and have a confirmed Offer of Admission for the coming academic year. If in any given year there are no eligible incoming students, UBC Forestry reserves the right to open the competition to a continuing Indigenous graduate student(s) in good academic standing. Assessment is made through review of the student’s program application file, as well as a Statement of Interest document for the scholarship. Full application instructions and deadlines are sent to incoming students in early July each year, and the recipient will be selected and notified by end of August.

Indigenous Graduate Fellowship

The University of British Columbia offers multi-year fellowships to master and doctoral Indigenous students. Award winners are selected on the basis of academic merit through an annual competition administered by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Each fellowship provides a stipend of $18,200 per year for doctoral students or a stipend of $16,175 per year for Master’s students. Please note that the Indigenous Graduate Fellowship was known as the Aboriginal Graduate Fellowship until 2023.

Learn More

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program is no longer accepting applications or providing scholarship funding effective November 2021.

Questions about award payments? Please check out the Funding & Award Opportunities section on the Graduate FAQs webpage , or email