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Financial Matters

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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.

Funding

There are a number of funding packages – internal and external – available to graduate students.

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, external link

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 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 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
Aug. 22, 2018 (nominations due)
Dennis Mock Graduate Scholarship
$5,000 Yeates School of Graduate Studies
March 12, 2018
Doctoral Completion Award
TBD Application Form Nov. 19, 2018
Edward S. Rogers Sr. Graduate School Fellowships
$20,000
For Communication and Culture PhD students only; consideration is automatic; no application required
No deadline
Geoffrey F. Bruce Fellowship in Canadian Freshwater Policy $25,000 Chair, Geoffrey F. Bruce Fellowship Selection Committee Sept. 30 annually
Governor General Gold Medal (GGGM)
N/A By nomination only
Aug. 20, 2018
(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
Ryerson Athletics Scholarships, external link $500-$4,500 Contact Ryerson Athletics for details No deadline
Ryerson Centre for Urban Energy
up to $5,000 Centre for Urban Energy Various
Ryerson Gold Medal N/A By nomination only Aug. 22, 2018 (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
Ryerson Image Centre Research Fellowships, external link up to $10,000 Ryerson Image Centre, external link November 15, 2018
PDF fileRyerson International Exchange Opportunity Scholarship (RIEOS) $2,000 Ryerson International January 31, 2018
Ryerson International Student Scholarships (RISS)
$7,000 Consideration is automatic; no application required No deadline
Ted Rogers Graduate Programs Entrance Scholarship and Awards
up to $20,000 For incoming MBA/MHA(CC)/MScM students only; application required; contact program for details
Contact program
YSGS Graduate Student Leadership Awards up to $1,500 Yeates School of Graduate Studies Sept. 14, 2018

External Scholarships and Awards

Canada-wide and International Awards

Name Value Apply To
Deadline
Canada's Distinguished Dissertation Awards $1,500 Yeates School of Graduate Studies March 1, 2018
Fulbright Canada Scholarship $15,000 (USD) Directly to funding agency Nov. 15 annually
Mackenzie King Memorial Scholarships $8,500 or $10,500 Yeates School of Graduate Studies
Feb. 1, 2018
Polytechnique Montréal Order of the White Rose Scholarship $30,000 Yeates School of Graduate Studies August 1, 2018
Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada Awards $3,000 Yeates School of Graduate Studies Dec. 3, 2018
Trudeau Foundation Scholarship
$60,000 Directly to funding agency
Jan. 8, 2018

Federal Awards

Name Value Apply To
Deadline

Canada Graduate Scholarships Master's (CGS-M)

A harmonization of CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC graduate scholarships

$17,500 Directly to funding agency Dec. 1
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Doctoral Awards, external link
$35,000 Directly to funding agency Oct. 2, 2018
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. 1, 2018 for all transcripts to your program administrator; Oct. 15, 2018 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. 29, 2018
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships $50,000
By nomination only Sept. 17, 2018

Provincial Awards

Name Value Apply To Deadline
Autism Scholars Award $18,000 or $20,000 Yeates School of Graduate Studies
Dec. 1
John Charles Polanyi Prizes $20,000 Yeates School of Graduate Studies Dec. 1
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
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).

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.

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.

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.

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 Status, Enrolment, and Evaluation 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.

The table below outlines the minimum time (number of terms) required to complete a graduate program

 Program 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
Criminology and Social Justice 3 n/a
Data Science and Analytics 3 6
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
Film + Photography Preservation and Collections Management 6 n/a
Immigration and Settlement Studies 3 6
Health Administration (Community Care) 4 n/a
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
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

Various payment methods are available.

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 above.