Graduate Financial Support

MASc and PhD students are provided financial support for a standard period of time (see table below). MEng students do not receive financial support from the Department.  All students are encouraged to review SGS’s Financing your Graduate Education.

MASc and PhD students receive enough funding to cover tuition and incidental fees plus at least $17,000 per year for living expenses. Approximately $2,000 of this funding will come from 50 guaranteed hours of  Teaching Assistantship (TA). In total, the minimum funding/year is $25,500 (MASc – domestic) and $27,500 (PhD – domestic and international). MASc international students pay higher tuition fees, so their funding will be higher. Financial support for MASc and PhD students is usually a combination of:


The table below shows the standard funding periods for each program.

ProgramStandard funding period
MASc2 yrs
PhD (student holds a Master’s degree)4 yrs
Direct-entry PhD (student does not hold a Master’s degree and was admitted directly into the PhD program)5 yrs
Fast-track PhD (student was originally admitted into MASc program, then bypassed/transferred into the PhD program)5 yrs from the start of the MASc program
Flex-time PhDNot normally funded

Any financial support after the standard funding period is at the discretion of the supervisor, and students are encouraged to discuss this with their supervisor prior to the end of their standard funding period.

Note for Applicants

All MASc and PhD applicants are encouraged to apply for scholarships in order to make their application more competitive.  Please see the Scholarships & Awards information on the SGS website.  For applicants, the awards under Government-Funded Awards and International Student Awards will be of particular interest.

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