Tuition & Funding

Tuition is $5,515.71* CDN per year for domestic students (Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents), divided into three installments payable at the beginning of each term (first week of September, January and May).
Tuition is  $9,690.18 * CDN per year for international students (all students requiring a Study Permit for entrance to Canada), divided into three installments payable at the beginning of each term (first week of September, January and May).  Eligible international students receive the International Tuition Award which is valued at up to $3,200 per year.

President’s Academic Excellence Initiative PhD Award – all new and continuing PhD students receive this annual award except those who have their tuition paid by an external sponsor.  Award values per student are listed here:

*These are fees for the 2024/25 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’ll also be charged for mandatory extended health and dental insurance coverage unless you can demonstrate that you already have equivalent coverage.

Other Expenses to Plan For

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

Funding and Scholarships

Funding availability should be discussed with prospective supervisors prior to submitting a program application. We require supervisors have available a minimum 4-year doctoral funding package of $24,000 annually effective September 2024.  Some professors may require prospective students to secure awards or scholarships to form part or all of the funding package. Refer to our financial support page for specific information and further details about awards, financial aid and research funding opportunities.