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Financing your education

Undergraduate programs

Our undergraduate programs offer inexpensive tuition and convenient online study – a great combination for active professionals. Tuition for our diploma programs is approximately $5,400 and for our professional specialization certificates, around $2,000.

How fees are assessed

Undergraduate program tuition is based on per course fees. Tuition for each course in our undergraduate programs is $495.87*.

  • Diploma (11 courses) = $5,454.57
  • Professional Specialization Certificate (4 courses) = $1,983.48

You also need to budget for textbooks and the costs of any additional course materials. Some student fees may also apply.

Accounting Services provides more information on tuition and other fees.

*All costs based on 2012 tuition fees.

Approach your employer for assistance and discuss your educational plans with your employer. They may offer to help with tuition fees and course material expenses.

Students who are working for local governments in British Columbia can apply to the Board of Examiners, Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development for financial assistance.

Graduate programs

Master of Public Administration

Master of Public Administration

Tuition for our Master of Public Administration (MPA) programs is very competitive when compared to public administration programs across Canada. Most students in the MPA programs pay less than $9,900 in tuition fees.

How fees are assessed

Tuition fees for graduate programs are based on program fees.  Program fees consist of regular program fee instalments and graduate re-registration fees.  The minimum regular program fee for a master’s degree is 5.0 full fee instalments which can consist of a combination of regular full fee instalments and regular half fee instalments totalling  5 full regular fee instalments. One (1.0) additional regular fee instalment will be assessed if a student remains registered after having paid 5.0 regular full fee instalments (for a total of 6.0).  

If you are registered in under 3 units of coursework per term they will be assessed a regular half fee instalment and if a student is registered in 3.0 or more units they will be assessed a regular full fee instalment. Please note the minimum tuition for the MPA On Campus degree is five full fee instalments; minimum tuition for the MPA Online is six full fee instalments.

Based on 2011 tuition fees, an MPA On Campus degree will cost at least five full fee instalments. Most students pay a sixth full fee instalment as they near the end of their studies to ensure they have adequate time to complete their capstone project.

You also need to budget for textbooks and the costs of any additional course materials, co-operative education fees and ancillary fees.

If you are completing the MPA Online part-time, your tuition could include a combination of half and full fee instalments but will still add up to at least six full fee instalments.

Costs are slightly higher for international students.

UVic Accounting Services website provides more information on tuition and other fees.

*All costs based on 2011 tuition fees.

MPA / Co-operative education

The MPA On-Campus program includes up to three paid co-operative work terms. Our students earn over $3,000 per month while gaining valuable experience in the workplace.

Fellowships, awards and bursaries

In 2010, we awarded over $100,000 in fellowships to students entering our MPA programs.

You will automatically be considered for a fellowship if you

  • are applying to a full-time, on-campus program
  • submit your complete application by February 15

You may be eligible for other fellowships, awards, or bursaries. Check the complete list of funding opportunities for more information.

Become a teaching or research assistant

We offer several paid teaching or research positions each term. Contact us if you are interested in applying.

Approach your employer for assistance

Discuss your educational plans with your employer. They may offer to help with tuition fees and course material expenses.

Continuity of Registration

Students admitted to our graduate programs must continue to be registered during each term of their studies. From the time of admission until the requirements of the degree have been met, students must:

  • register for credit
  • register for a temporarily withdrawn status
  • or formally withdraw from the program in accordance with the regulations listed in the Graduate Studies Calendar
  • be registered in at least one course in addition to ADMN 516

More information on tuition and financial aid.

Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution

Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution

Most students in the Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution (MADR) program pay approximately $8,583 in tuition fees.

How fees are assessed

Graduate program tuition is based on fee instalments. You pay one instalment for each term you are registered in your program as a full-time student. The minimum tuition for the MADR degree is five full fee instalments.

Based on 2012 tuition fees, your MADR degree will cost at least $8,583.70* (five full fee instalments x $1,716.74). Most students choose to pay a sixth full fee instalment as they near the end of their studies and work to complete their Master's project or Thesis.

You also need to budget for textbooks and the costs of any additional course materials, co-op fees and ancillary fees.

Costs are slightly higher for international students.

The UVic calendar provides more information on tuition and other fees.

*All costs based on 2012 tuition fees.

Fellowships, awards and bursaries

In 2012, we awarded over $64,000 in fellowships to students in the MADR program.

You will automatically be considered for a fellowship if you:

  • are applying to the MADR program;
  • have an A minus average over the last two years of coursework; and
  • submit your complete application by February 15.

You may be eligible for other fellowships, awards, or bursaries. Check the complete list of funding opportunities for more information.

Continuity of Registration

Students admitted to our graduate programs must continue to be registered during each term of their studies. From the time of admission until the requirements of the degree have been met, students must:

  • register for credit;
  • register for a temporarily withdrawn status; or
  • formally withdraw from the program in accordance with the regulations listed in the Graduate Studies Calendar

More information on tuition and financial aid

Master of Public Administration

Master of Arts in Community Development

Graduate certificates

Graduate Certificates

Tuition for our Graduate Professional Certificate programs is based on per course fees. Students pay less than $4,400 to complete a certificate based on 2011 tuition fees.

How fees are assessed

In each of our programs, tuition for each 1.5 unit course is $1,002.69.

For the Library Sector Leadership program, tuition is paid for four 1.5 unit courses and one 0.5 unit orientation course. The total tuition is $4,344.99*.

For the Cultural Sector Leadership program, tuition is paid for five 1.5 unit courses and one 0.5 unit orientation course. The total tuition is $5,347.68*.

For the Evaluation Certificate, tuition is paid for five 1.5 unit courses. The total tuition is $5,013.45.*

For the Evaluation Diploma, tuition is paid for five 1.5 unit courses and one 4.5 final project. The total tuition is $8,021.52.*

You also need to budget for textbooks and the costs of any additional course materials, co-operative education fees and ancillary fees.

Costs are slightly higher for international students.

The UVic calendar provides more information on tuition and other fees.

*All costs based on 2011 tuition fees.

Approach your employer for assistance Discuss your educational plans with your employer. They may offer to help with tuition fees and course material expenses.

Continuity of Registration

Students admitted to our graduate programs must continue to be registered during each term of their studies. From the time of admission until the requirements of the degree have been met, students must:

  • register for credit
  • register for a temporarily withdrawn status
  • or formally withdraw from the program in accordance with the regulations listed in the Graduate Studies Calendar

More information on tuition and financial aid

PHD

PHD

How fees are assessed

Graduate program tuition is based on fee instalments. You pay one instalment for each term you are registered in your program as a full-time student.

The minimum tuition for the PhD degree is 7.5 full fee instalments. Based on 2010 tuition fees, the minimum tuition is less than $12,623 (7.5 full fee instalments x $1,683.08). Most students find that they need to pay around 15 full fee instalments to complete their PhD degree.

You also need to budget for textbooks and the costs of any additional course materials and ancillary fees.

Costs are slightly higher for international students.

*All costs based on 2011 tuition fees.

The UVic calendar provides more information on tuition and other fees.

Fellowships, awards and bursaries

In 2008, we awarded $18,000 in fellowships to students entering the PhD program.

You will automatically be considered for a fellowship if you:

  • are applying to a full-time, on-campus program
  • have an A minus average over the last two years of coursework
  • and, submit your complete application by February 15.

You may be eligible for other fellowships, awards, or bursaries. Check the complete list of funding opportunities for more information.

We also support PhD students applying for doctoral funding through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Canada Graduate Scholarships and other relevant external funding.

Become a teaching or research assistant

We offer several paid teaching or research positions each term. Contact us if you are interested in applying.

Approach your employer for assistance

Discuss your educational plans with your employer. They may offer to help with tuition fees and course material expenses.

Continuity of Registration

Students admitted to our graduate programs must continue to be registered during each term of their studies. From the time of admission until the requirements of the degree have been met, students must:

  • register for credit
  • register for a temporarily withdrawn status
  • or, formally withdraw from the program in accordance with the regulations listed in the Graduate Studies Calendar

More information on tuition and financial aid

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