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Financing Your Studies

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At Ryerson, we understand that pursuing graduate studies is a significant financial investment. Learn about funding packages – internal and external – available to grad students.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees are determined by the program and academic level you are pursuing your graduate studies in. Total fees for each program and academic level include charges for tuition, athletics, RSU – Ryerson Students’ Union, RSU health and dental plans, and other related fees.

external,>> Detailed graduate tuition and fees information.

Below is further information to help you address any questions or concerns that relate to the billing and payment of tuition and fees at Ryerson.

On acceptance into a graduate program, you must pay a deposit in order to reserve a space in your program. Your Offer of Admission will state the required amount and the deadline date for submission of your deposit with your acceptance form. We regret that Ryerson will not defer deposit or fees payments, even if you are expecting future funds/funding of any type for your graduate studies, including financial assistance programs.

Your deposit fee is non-refundable, and will be applied to your tuition fees. It also activates your registration in your program. If you change your mind at a later date, you must officially withdraw from the program or you will be responsible for any tuition or late fees due, as outlined on our external,Important Dates page.

external,>> How to make your deposit.

Tuition is calculated on the basis of your program and status (part- or full-time), NOT on the number of courses that you take per term (except for Nursing). Your tuition is a YEARLY charge, which is broken into three equivalent payments for the three terms in a graduate academic calendar.

external,>> Detailed fees information by program

You are required to maintain continuous registration in every semester of your graduate program until graduation or withdrawal, unless you have applied for and been granted inactive status. To seek inactive status (in cases of severe illness, parental leave, etc.) you must petition the Vice-Provost and Dean, Graduate Studies. For further information, consult the PDF fileGraduate Admissions and Studies Policy.

The length of a program is defined by the graduate program into which a student is admitted. This predetermines the minimum total academic fees that a student must pay prior to graduation.

Part-time Master’s students should be aware that they may be required to pay additional academic fees in order to equal the total minimum fee paid by a full-time student in the same program.  The total minimum fee for a full-time student is based on the minimum time to completion for the program, as stated on the chart below and on the program website.  This balance of degree fee is assessed just prior to graduation and is based on the external,fees schedule in effect at the time of graduation.

Program Min time (terms)  to completion:
Full-time students Part-time students
Aerospace Engineering 3
6
Applied Mathematics 6
n/a
Architecture 6
n/a
Biomedical Physics 6
n/a
Building Science MASc 6
n/a
Building Science MBSc 3
6
Chemical Engineering 3
6
Civil Engineering 3
6
Communication and Culture 4
8
Computer Networks 3
6
Computer Networks MEng n/a (course-based fees)
Computer Science 3 n/a
Digital Media 3 n/a
Documentary Media 6 n/a
Early Childhood Studies 3 6
Electrical and Computer Engineering 3 6
Environmental App Sci. & Mgmt. 5 10
Fashion 5
n/a
Immigration and Settlement Studies 3 6
International Economics & Finance 3 6
Journalism 6 12
Journalism - Accelerated 3 6
Literature of Modernity 3 n/a
Master of Science in Management 3 6
MBA n/a (course-based fees)
Mechanical Engineering 3 6
Media Production 3 n/a
MTI MBA n/a (course-based fees)
Molecular Science 6 12
Nursing n/a (course-based fees)
Nutrition Communication 3 n/a
Photo. Pres & Collect. Mgmt 6 n/a
Psychology 6 n/a
Professional Communication 3 n/a
Public Policy & Administration 3 6
Social Work 3 n/a
Spatial Analysis 3 6
Urban Development 5 n/a
Urban Development - Accelerated 3 n/a

If you have been offered a scholarship, stipend, research or academic assistantship, you will be notified in writing by your program of the amount and the method of distribution of funds, either with your Offer of Admission or soon afterwards. Please note that your fees statement will not reflect this funding support. If your Offer of Admission is withdrawn or cancelled at any time, or if you withdraw from your program, any offers of Ryerson University funding are null and void.

For further information on the terms and conditions of scholarships and other funding, please visit the Funding section below.

Funding

At Ryerson, we recognize that pursuing graduate studies is a significant financial investment. To that end, we want to ensure that you are able to focus on your studies and research while pursuing your graduate degree. There are a number of funding packages – internal and external – available to graduate students.

When you are accepted into a Ryerson graduate program, your offer of admission will set out the financial obligations for both you and the university.

You may be offered financial support, for a part of or for the full duration of your tenure in the program, in the form of scholarships, awards, stipends, bursaries or assistantships.

An offer of funding will state the amount of funding, duration of funding, conditions for renewal (if any), terms of continued funding and other relevant details. You must agree to the terms of the admission offer and funding arrangements prior to enrolment in your program.

As you are expected to have sufficient means of financial support for the length of time you are enrolled in a program, we encourage you to apply for external scholarship and award programs for which you are eligible. As scholarships and awards – both internal and external – are awarded based on merit, students from Ontario who have financial need may consider applying for loans and grants through the Ontario Government Student Assistance Program. We also offer the Ryerson Graduate Student Emergency Bursary. Please contact your program for further information.

To get started, discover the funding packages below.

Learn about research and teaching assistant opportunities at Ryerson to support your studies with relevant, rewarding work.

Research Assistants

As a Research Assistant (RA), students assist principal investigators in conducting research activities not related to the student’s studies. The minimum rate of pay is defined by the Granting Council (SSHRC, NSERC or CIHR) or organization/institution which is funding the principal investigator. When that institution is Ryerson University, the minimum rate of pay is defined in the external,OPSEU Collective Agreement, Article 14, Section 14.06. The terms of employment of graduate students will be consistent with this collective agreement. However, the minimum recommended rate of pay for graduate students is the rate at which Graduate (Teaching) Assistants are paid, which is outlined in the CUPE 3 Collective Agreement.

Contact your program for details about program-specific RA positions.

Graduate (Teaching) Assistants

At Ryerson, a Graduate (Teaching) Assistant or GA refers to a graduate student who is employed to assist with teaching or related duties. The student has be a Ryerson student currently enrolled on a full-time basis in one of the university’s Master’s or PhD programs.

This type of employment opportunity is typically offered by a department or school. Full-time graduate students can be employed for a maximum of 10 hours per week. The rate of pay can be found on the Human Resources website in the external,CUPE Local 3904 Unit 3 Collective Agreement. Students may be offered a GA position by their program, and/or the positions will be posted on the HR website.  Click external,GA Opportunities for current postings.  Terms of employment of graduate students will be consistent with the collective agreements between Ryerson and its employee groups.

There are a number of scholarships and awards available to graduate students on a competitive basis.

Click on the individual scholarship or award name for detailed information including eligibility criteria and application deadlines. In addition to these internal and prestigious external awards, visit the other sources of funding page.

We want to make sure you are successful in meeting the financial demands of your graduate education. If you have questions about these scholarship and award programs, please contact your program.  

PDF fileMajor Scholarships at a Glance.

Internal Scholarships and Awards

Name

Value

Apply To

Deadline

C. Ravi Ravindran Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award $1,000 By nomination only
Sept. 11, 2017
Dennis Mock Graduate Scholarship
$5,000 Yeates School of Graduate Studies
March 10, 2017
Doctoral Completion Award
TBD Application Form Nov. 3, 2017
Edward S. Rogers Sr. Graduate School Fellowships
$20,000
For Communication and Culture PhD students only; consideration is automatic; no application required
No deadline
external,Geoffrey F. Bruce Fellowship in Canadian Freshwater Policy $25,000 Chair, Geoffrey F. Bruce Fellowship Selection Committee Sept. 30, 2017
Governor General Gold Medal (GGGM)
N/A By nomination only
Sept. 11, 2017
(nominations due)
Graduate Student Stipend Varies by program Contact program for details
No deadline
Hydro One Aboriginal Award for Graduate Studies in Public Policy and Administration
$5,000
For Public Policy and Administration students only; contact program for details
Contact program
external,Ryerson Centre for Urban Energy
up to $5,000 Centre for Urban Energy Various
Ryerson Gold Medal N/A By nomination only Sept. 11, 2017 (nominations due)
Ryerson Graduate Fellowship (RGF)
up to $12,000 for masters and up to $16,000 for doctoral Consideration is automatic; no application required No deadline
Ryerson Graduate Development Award (RGDA)
N/A Consideration is automatic; no application required
No deadline
external,Ryerson Image Centre Research Fellowships up to $10,000 external,Ryerson Image Centre November 30, 2017
PDF fileRyerson International Exchange Opportunity Scholarship (RIEOS) $2,000 external,Ryerson International January 31, 2018
Ryerson International Student Scholarships (RISS)
$7,000 Consideration is automatic; no application required No deadline
external,Ted Rogers MBA Entrance Scholarship and Awards
up to $20,000 For incoming MBA/MScM students only; application required; contact program for details
Contact program

External Scholarships and Awards

Federal
Name Value Apply To
Deadline
Canada's Distinguished Dissertation Awards $1,500 Yeates School of Graduate Studies Feb. 24, 2017

Canada Graduate Scholarships Master's (CGS-M)

A harmonization of CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC graduate scholarships

$17,500 Directly to funding agency Dec. 1, 2017
external,Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Doctoral Awards
$35,000 Directly to funding agency Oct. 3, 2017
Fulbright Canada Scholarship $15,000 (USD) Directly to funding agency Nov. 15, 2017
external,International Policy Ideas Challenge 2017 (GAC and SSHRC)
$3,000 Directly to funding agency March 13, 2017
John Charles Polanyi Prizes $20,000 Yeates School of Graduate Studies Dec. 1, 2017
Mackenzie King Memorial Scholarships $8,500 or $10,500 Yeates School of Graduate Studies
Feb. 1, 2017
Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement for current SSHRC, NSERC and CIHR CGS holders $6,000 Yeates School of Graduate Studies
Various
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada of Canada (NSERC) Doctoral Awards (PGS or CGS)
$21,000 or $35,000 Program administrator Oct. 2, 2017 for all transcripts to your program administrator; Oct. 15, 2017 to submit final application
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Industrial Post-Graduate Scholarships
N/A See explanation in linked page
N/A
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) - Doctoral Awards (PGS or CGS)
$20,000 or $35,000 Program administrator Oct. 30, 2017
Trudeau Foundation Scholarship
$60,000 Directly to funding agency
Oct. 30, 2017
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships $50,000
By nomination only Sept. 25, 2017
Provincial
Name Value Apply To Deadline
Autism Scholars Award $18,000 or $20,000 Yeates School of Graduate Studies
Dec. 1, 2017
Ontario Graduate Fellowships (OGF) $12,000 Consideration is automatic; no application required
No deadline
Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)
$15,000 Program administrators Check with your program
Ontario Trillium Scholarship (OTS) $40,000 1st year international PhD students only; consideration is automatic; no application required No deadline
Ontario Women's Health Scholars Awards
$25,000 or $35,000 or $50,000 Yeates School of Graduate Studies
Dec. 1, 2017
The Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships in Science and technology (QEII-GSST)
$15,000
Consideration is automatic; no application required No deadline

Ryerson aims to assist you in your pursuit of scholarly, research and creative (SRC) activities, conducting research in the field, and presenting your work at academic conferences.

There are several funding opportunities for current Ryerson graduate students:

Name Value Apply to Deadline
Ryerson Graduate Student Travel Funding $500 Yeates School of Graduate Studies Proposals accepted on a regular basis
PDF fileInternational Conference & Research Support Fund (ICRSF) $1,000 Ryerson International Proposals accepted on a regular basis
PDF fileRyerson International Work Experience Fund (RIWEF) $1,000 Ryerson International See link for deadline dates

Below is a list of possible sources of funding. If the link is no longer active, please contact Graduate Studies. Alternatively, you can search the web as links may be associated with a specific year (e.g. 2017-18).