- Academic Fees Structure
- Minimum Degree Fee
- Calculation of Fees
- International Student Fees
- Late Payment Fees
- Minimum Payment
- Non-Refundable Tuition Deposit (for newly admitted Master of Teaching and MA-Child Study and Education students)
- Service Charges
- Refund of Fees
- Outstanding Fees and Other University Obligations
To be officially registered, tuition fees must be paid or arrangements made for a Fee Deferral, if applicable.
Full-time Master’s students undertaking a degree that requires a comprehensive examination/requirement, Major Research Paper, or Thesis, must continue to register on a full-time basis and pay the full-time fee once they have completed the defined Program Length or have begun their last required course (whichever comes first), until all degree requirements have been completed.
Master's students proceeding to their degree on a part-time basis, and undertaking a degree that requires a comprehensive examination/requirement, Major Research Paper, or Thesis, must register in those sessions in which they are completing course requirements for the degree. Once they have begun their last required course, these students must register annually and pay the part-time fee until all other requirements have been completed.
Because the course of study in many graduate departments is unstructured and often cannot be described in terms of a specific number of courses, and because graduate education more often than not results from the sum of experiences encountered during the program, Graduate School fees are assessed on a program basis rather than on the number of courses taken. The fee charged for the Fall and Winter Sessions often covers the Summer Session immediately following if studies are in the same degree, except for part-time Special Students.
NOTE: The Academic Fee is also called the "Program Fee".
All students in a given program must pay the Minimum Degree Fee (MDF) prior to graduation, regardless of registration option or status. The MDF is associated with the program length for each graduate master's program.
This fee is based upon the full-time program length for each program and assessed prior to graduation. Minimum Degree Fee represents the minimum amount of tuition that every student, whether registered full-time or part-time, must pay upon completion of the program prior to graduation. (Note that this only includes Academic Fees and does not include Incidental/Ancillary Fees.)
Program length refers to the period of time for an academically well- prepared student to complete a master's program while registered full-time. This period multiplied by the full-time Academic Tuition Fee in the year the program started, establishes the Minimum Degree Fee which must be paid before graduation.
Students must, at the end of their program, pay additional fees if necessary such that in total their academic fees paid equal the minimum applicable degree fees. At the time of graduation, the cumulative Academic Fees paid by a master's student are calculated and, if the total is less than the Degree Fee, the student must pay the difference.
- If students pay more than the Minimum Degree Fee, because of the time taken to complete degree requirements, they will not be entitled to/issued any refund of those fees.
- Students who undertake their studies on a part-time basis are required to pay at least the same amount of tuition for their degree as a full- time student. Many part-time students must pay a Minimum Degree Fee prior to graduation.
- Students who accelerate through their program and finish the degree requirements in less time than the program length may have to pay a Balance of Degree Fee (MDF minus tuition fees actually paid) upon graduation.
- Any fees paid as a non-degree student (whether at U of T or at another institution) will not be counted towards the Minimum Degree Fee.
- The SGS-approved transfer of graduate academic credit also does not reduce the required Minimum Degree Fee.
For international students who change to domestic status during their study period, the MDF will be assessed as follows:
- If the legal status change occurred within the program length, the MDF will be based on the domestic tuition fee.
- If the legal status change occurred after the program length, the MDF will be based on the international tuition fee.
Example of Minimum Degree Fee which must be paid before graduation:
If a domestic student began an MEd program in 2020-21, the Minimum Degree Fee which must be paid before graduation is established by: program length multiplied by the full-time Academic Tuition Fee (Program Fee) in the year the program started.
ie., 1.5 multiplied by $10,070 = $15,105 *
The Minimum Degree Fee for most MEd programs if a domestic student began 2021-21 would be: $15,105.
For more information and examples about Minimum Degree Fees, please visit the website of the Office of the Registrar and Student Services Registration and Fee Information.
* The program length of most MEd programs is 1.5 years; the exception is the MEd in Counselling Psychology with a program length of 2 years. The Minimum Degree Fee (domestic) for the MEd in Counselling Psychology, started in 2020-21 is 2.0 multiplied by $10,070 = $20,140.
PhD & Professional Doctoral Programs
The Minimum Degree Fee for PhD and professional doctoral programs is the fee associated with one year (three sessions) of full-time studies and represents the minimum amount of tuition that every PhD or professional doctoral student, regardless of registration status or option, must pay upon completion of the program, prior to graduation. If a student has paid more than the MDF due to the time taken to complete the degree requirements, there will be no refund of fees.
All students are subject to tuition and fees for each session and year of registration, including sessions following the defined program length, until the program is completed. All PhD and EdD students must maintain continuous registration.
The fees schedule for 2021-22 is not available at the time of publication. In the 2020-21 academic year, the one-year full-time Academic Fee was as follows:
Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents - Academic / Program Fee (one-year, full-time)
MA & PhD - $6,210.00
EdD - $7,537.00
MEd, MT and MA-CSE - $10,070.00
In addition to the Academic Fee, all students pay Incidental Fees. The full-time Incidental Fees for 2021-21 were:
MA, PhD, EdD, EdD - $1,648.65
MT and MA-CSE - $2,003.65
International Students - Academic / Program Fee (one-year, full- time)
MA - $24,960.00
PhD - $6,210.00*
EdD - $36,510.00
MEd, MT and MA-CSE - $37,730.00
* NOTE: Starting in Fall 2018, International PhD and Flexible-time PhD students pay domestic tuition rates. See International Student Fees section for further information.
In addition to the Academic Fee, all students pay Incidental Fees. International Students also pay the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) fee. The 2020-21 full-time Incidental Fees for International Students was:
MA, PhD, EdD, MEd - $1,648.65 + $720 UHIP
MT and MA-CSE - $2,003.65 + $720 UHIP
For planning purposes, the calculation of fees applicable to each program is as follows:
MEd Degree Students
The minimum Degree/Program Fee is 1.5 times the one-year full-time Academic Fee and is assessed for the academic year in which the program is begun. Exception: the minimum Degree/Program Fee for the Counselling Psychology program is 2 times the one-year full-time Academic Fee.
MA and MT Degree Students
The minimum Degree/Program Fee is based on Program Length.
EdD Degree Students
Fees will be assessed according to the pattern of registration, but all EdD students must maintain continuous registration. The full-time fee is charged for the minimum period of required full-time study and for subsequent registrations.
PhD Degree Students
The full-time fee is charged each year throughout the program, except for students in the flexible-time PhD program, who will pay the part-time fee during their years of part-time registration.
Fees for Final Year Doctoral Students
Academic fees for the final year for EdD and PhD students will be prorated, based on a 12-month academic year, for the number of months that elapse between September and (including) the month in which the final thesis (including corrections required by the final oral examination committee) is submitted to the School of Graduate Studies. Fees for the final month will not be charged if the requirements are met before the 15th day of the month.
NOTE: Part-time flexible-time PhD and reinstated students are not eligible for the pro-rated fee.
- Full-time Special Students pay annually the one-year full-time Academic Fee plus Incidental Fees.
- Part-time Special Students pay the Academic Fee for each half-course, plus Incidental Fees. In the 2020-21 academic year, the Academic Fee for a half-course was $1,510.50 (international student was $5,659.50).
In accordance with the recommendations of the Ontario government, students who are not Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents will be charged the higher fee unless exempt on the basis of their status in Canada. For detailed information on status, please contact Canadian Immigration authorities. All prospective International Students will be required to have a student authorization from a Canadian Immigration Office abroad, before they present themselves for admission to Canada. No visitor will be allowed to apply for student status from within Canada. In order to obtain a student authorization for study in Toronto, immigration officials abroad require that applicants provide evidence of sufficient financial resources to support themselves during the period of study. Estimated cost of food and lodging for twelve months is between $17,000 and $27,000 plus tuition fees. Please note that international tuition is set at a level that more closely reflects the true cost of educating students. The Ontario Government subsidizes domestic tuition with taxpayer funds.
Starting in Fall 2018, International OISE full-time and flexible-time PhD students pay domestic tuition rates (note that international students will still need to pay UHIP). The tuition fee is applicable to all new and continuing PhD students but is not retroactive meaning that PhD students will not receive a refund for tuition fees paid on sessions prior to September 2018. Please note that this new tuition structure does not apply to students in OISE’s EdD, MT, MA and MEd programs of study.
The University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) fee is a compulsory non-Academic Fee for International Students. In 2020-21 the cost for twelve months was $720 for a single student. Students with families pay additional fees.
International students who are studying remotely outside of Canada may apply to the UHIP Office to un-enroll from UHIP on a per term basis, but may only apply during certain time periods.
Further information is available from:
The UHIP Office
A late payment fee will be assessed against any student enrolled in Summer, Fall or Winter Session courses but whose fee payments are not received at the Office of Student Accounts by the dates to be announced in the registration material which will be sent to students.
Tuition may be paid by session. The minimum payment of fees for each session will be indicated on the invoice which you will be able to download from ACORN. The due date for payment for the Fall Session is August 27, 2021. The due date for the Winter (January to April) Session is November 30, 2021. The balance of the required fees is due without further notice and is subject to service charges, as outlined on the Fees website.
Non-Refundable Tuition Deposit (for newly admitted Master of Teaching and MA-Child Study and Education students)
Newly admitted students to the Master of Teaching and MA-Child Study and Education programs must pay a non-refundable three hundred dollar ($300) tuition deposit by June 1 in order to hold their admission space in the program. Mastercard or Visa credit card payments are made by logging-in to ACORN using the JOINid credentials that newly admitted students received upon completing and submitting their online admission applications.
All outstanding fees, regardless of the source of payment, are subject to a service charge first assessed on November 15. In the 2020-21 academic year, the service charge was 1.5% per month, compounded (19.56% per annum).
Degree requirements for all students must be completed before the appropriate dates for eligibility to convocate. Transcripts will not be issued if students have not paid in full, university housing dues, library fines, bookstore debts, or health service charges, etc. (see Outstanding Fees and Other University Obligations, below). At the time of convocation such students will be allowed to participate in the ceremony and have their names appear on the convocation program. However, they will not receive their Diploma until all outstanding fees have been paid.
Refund of fees, if any, will be determined by the date of receipt of a written notice of withdrawal from a session, in the OISE Office of the Registrar and Student Services, Registration Team. There is a minimum charge for withdrawals on or after the published date for the first day of classes in the Fall and Winter Sessions. In the 2020-21 academic year, the minimum charge was $294.00 (for the 2021 Summer Session, the minimum charge was $302.00).
Note the tuition deposit ($300) for newly admitted students to the Master of Teaching and MA-Child Study and Education programs is non-refundable.
The following academic sanctions will be imposed on students who have outstanding financial obligations to OISE and the university (including fees, residence charges, library fines, loans, bookstore debts, health service accounts and unreturned or damaged instruments, materials, and equipment):
- Statements of results and/or official transcripts of record will not be issued.
- Payments made by continuing or returning students shall be applied first, to outstanding OISE and university debts and second, to current fees. Thus, registration may be refused to a continuing or returning student.