Tuition & Funding

Tuition is $18,666.12* 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 $33,149.37* 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).

*These are fees for the 2019/20 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 MIF 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

  • Travel and related expenses for the placement/project are not covered by tuition. They should budget at minimum $2000-$3000 CAD for this required component of the degree, and more depending on the location of the placement they pursue.

Funding

Up to 10 Placement Awards valued at $1,000 each are available to MIF students. Allocation is based on: (1) potential cost of travel; (2) placement length; (3) the placement's relevance to forest policy; (4) grades obtained in MIF course work. When applying for the Placement Award, students must address each of the criteria. Specific application instructions will be distributed to the MIF cohort in the Fall Term

UBC has partnered with the MasterCard Foundation to provide full scholarships to academically promising undergraduate and graduate students (at the Master’s level) from Sub-Saharan Africa.   The vision of the program is to educate and develop bright yet economically marginalized young people in Africa who have demonstrated a “give-back” commitment and who seek to use their education to contribute to the transformation of the continent. Complete details, including eligibility requirements and application information and deadlines can be found on the UBC MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program website.

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.  MIF 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.

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.

For course-based Master’s students, the award provides support for students to participate in professional development directly related to their area of study. It cannot be used toward Placement expenses or student workshops. CBM students are eligible to use the fund once during their degree (one activity) to a maximum of $600 pending funding availability. Funding is limited each year and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible applicants. Students currently enrolled in the MF, MSFM, MIF and MGEM programs should refer to the application form for complete eligibility details and procedure and payment information.

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.

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