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Tuition & Fees

Submitted by admin on Mon, 08/10/2015 - 3:35pm

Before starting your graduate program, it is important to understand the costs that are involved. It is also vital to find the funding that you will need to cover all your costs, and know how you are going to pay your tuition and general fees.

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.


See the Gradaute Calendar for Tuition amounts.

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 table to see if your program has a different tuition structure.

General Fees

See the Graduate Calendar for General Fee amounts

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.


Admissions Confirmation Deposit
The University of Calgary requires a $500, one time only, admissions confirmation deposit effective for all new course-based students starting in 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. 

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.

Credit cards are not accepted for payment of tuition and fees. You may also send payment by mail in the form of a cheque, money order or bank draft. Instructions are available through Enrolment Services.

If you are receiving funding administered by 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.

Other Costs

Check with your program for an estimation of the cost for books and equipment.


Investigate scholarships and other sources of funding available, and discuss funding with your graduate program administrator or director. Students in thesis-based programs are normally offered a funding package from various sources at the time of admission.


If you have questions on admission requirements, contact If you have questions about a specific program, contact the program directly.