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Stipends and Tuition

Minimum Stipend

The Department of Biology has set a recommended mimimum stipend of $18,000 per year, with the first year of funding guaranteed. This stipend is provided from a number of sources including teaching assistantships, scholarships, and supervisor contributions. Funding arrangements for individual students are made between the student and their supervisor, and are recorded in a "letter of understanding". See the Abridged Guide to Graduate Studies in Biology for further details about stipends and funding.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees cover courses taken, research/seminar hours, student activities, materials and services. Students pay for all formal course work taken and for a specified number of research/practica/seminar hours (as BIOL 901).

An approved program may include additional hours beyond the minimum required for the degree. These hours are charged at the rates set by the Board of Governors of the University.

Tuition for MSc and PhD Students
Tuition fees are calculated differently for MSc and PhD students. PhD students pay a flat per semester fee, and all PhD students are considered to be "full-time" (6 credit hours). The tuition fees of PhD students are not affected by the number of courses taken in a semester or over the entire program. However, PhD students must still fulfill the credit hour requirements (both course work and research credit hours) of the program.

In contrast, MSc programs are considered to consist of 30 credit hours in total. These 30 credit hours are achieved via a combination of course work and research (research is BIOL 901 for Biology graduate students). Students that take more than the minimum number of courses will pay more than the minimum amount of tuition for the MSc program.

The most up-to-date tuition information is here.