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Tuition and General Fees

Fact Sheets

Select your program below to see a summary of what you will need to cover the current academic year:

Your program may have tuition fees that are different from the regular graduate program tuition amounts shown in the Fact Sheets. Review the Graduate Program Specific Tuition Fees guide to see if your program is listed.

How Tuition and General Fees Work

Tuition and general fee structure should be taken into account in your financial planning. Amounts are revised and updated yearly in the Spring term.


Thesis-based students pay full fees at the start of their program, and continuing fees in later years. PhD students will have program fees until the term immediately following a successful candidacy exam when only continuing fees will be incurred going forward. (spring/summer sessions are counted as one term)

Students in most course-based master's programs pay tuition fees on a per course basis, in the first and in subsequent years. Tuition fees are determined by the level of the course. Graduate courses are either 3 units (0.5 Full Course equivalent) or 6 units (1 Full Course equivalent).

All program and continuing fees are pro-rated over three terms: 1/3 in Fall, 1/3 in Winter, 1/3 in Spring (1/6 in the spring sessions and 1/6 in the summer sessions).

Important: Some programs may charge tuition differently. Please refer to the Graduate Program Specific Tuition Fees guide to see if your program has a different tuition structure.

General Fees

All students, domestic and international, pay the same general fees all year around. Most fees are due on a per-term basis and include UPASS (Transit Pass), Campus Recreation and Athletics and a Student Services fee. Other fees are due yearly, based on the student’s registration anniversary.

To see the details of the general fees that apply to you, click the term in which you started your program:


Admissions Confirmation Deposit

The University of Calgary requires a $500, one time only, admissions confirmation deposit effective for all new course-based students starting Fall 2016 and onward.

The deposit is non-refundable and will be applied to the tuition and fees for the term in which you will begin your program. Once the university receives the deposit, a seat in your program will be secured for you. 

For questions about the deposit, please contact your GPA.

Payment Methods

Tuition, General Fees and the Admissions confirmation Deposit can be paid through online banking in the same way as you might pay a utility bill. 

Online banking is the preferred method of payment. This is done easily by adding the University of Calgary - Tuition Fees (title may vary from bank to bank) as a payee on your bill payment profile, and use your UCalgary account number to complete the payment.

Other options include cheque, money order and bank draftYou may also pay in-person with a debit card from a Canadian bank. International students without a Canadian bank account can use Western Union or other wire transfer services.

Please Note: The University of Calgary does not accept Credit Card payments for tuition and general fees.

Graduate Student Payment Plan

If you are receiving funding from the university that is more than your fees, you may apply for a Graduate Student Payment Plan. This plan allows you to make payments on your fees over a specified period of time.

Fall/Winter applications will be available when tuition fees are approved and posted to students accounts in May 2015

NOTE: Check your Student Centre for charges and due dates of your approved Payment Plan. Students denied a Payment Plan will be notified and responsible for paying for all fees due by the appropriate fee deadline.

Students must ensure their complete application is submitted well in advance of Term Fee deadlines to avoid late penalties.

Need additional help with the payment plan application? Contact us at or (403) 220-4938.