Financing Your Studies
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.
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 Important Dates page.
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.
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 fees schedule in effect at the time of graduation.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
Internal Scholarships and Awards
|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
||For Communication and Culture PhD students only; consideration is automatic; no application required
|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
|Graduate Student Stipend||Varies by program||Contact program for details
|Hydro One Aboriginal Award for Graduate Studies in Public Policy and Administration
||For Public Policy and Administration students only; contact program for details
|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
|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
External Scholarships and Awards
|Canada's Distinguished Dissertation Awards||$1,500||Yeates School of Graduate Studies||Feb. 24, 2017|
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
|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
|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
|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
|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)
||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:
|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).
- external,Action Canada
- external,Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship in Canada
- external,Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) - external,Scholarship programs
- external,Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC)
- external,Azrieli International Postdoctoral Fellowships
- external,Brain Canada Foundation - Funding Opportunities
- external,Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT)
- external,Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE)
- external,Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation
- external,Canadian Transportation Research Forum
- external,Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) - external,Funding Programs
- external,CIHR - All Funding Opportunities
- external,CIHR IHSPR Article of the Year
- external,CIHR IHSPR Rising Star Award
- external,CIHR Travel Awards - Institute Community Support
- external,Institute of Gender and Health - external,Hacking the Knowledge Gap
- external,Institute of Genetics Institute Community Support Program
- external,Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan - external,Commonwealth Scholarships
- external,ConfidentWriters Scholarship Essay Contest
- external,CRTC Prize for Excellence in Policy Research
- external,Engineers Canada
- external,Global Affairs Canada - International Scholarships
- external,International Association for Great Lakes Research - external,IAGLR Scholarships
- external,International Council for Canadian Studies (ICCS)
- external,International Development Research Centre
- external,IODE Canada - external,IODE War Memorial Scholarships
- external,Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarships
- external,Job-Applications.ca - external,Working Parent College Scholarship Program
- external,Knowledge First Financial Graduate Scholarship Awards
- external,Michael Decter Scholarship for Health Leadership and Policy Studies
- external,MITACS International:
- external,NSERC John C. Polyani Award
- external,Ontario Women's Health Scholars Awards
- external,Parkinson Society Canada Funding Opportunities
- external,Paul Stothart Memorial Scholarship in Mineral Economics
- external,PEO International Peace Scholarship
- external,rare Scholarship in Graduate Research - external,rare Charitable Research Reserve
- external,Robin Badgley Memorial Award - external,Canadian Society Sociology of Health
- external,Saint Elizabeth Scholarships & Bursaries
- external,Sallie Mae Fund (US students)
- external,Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
- external,Silverhill Institute for Research and Conservation of the Environment
- external,Soroptimist Foundation of Canada - scholarships for women
- external,TD Graduate Scholarships for People with Disabilities
- external,The Henry Mandelbaum Graduate Fellowships for Excellence in Social Sciences Humanities and Arts - provided by The OCUFA
- external,The Living City Foundation
- external,The Simons Foundation - Graduate Research Awards Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation
- external,This is Writing - external,Creative Writing Scholarship
- external,Toronto Rehabilitation Institute of Scholarships (for students with disabilities)
- external,Transitions: Supporting First Nations, Métis and Inuit Students in School and Career Success
- external,Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships
- external,World Sustainable Energy Association