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Financing Your Studies: Realize your future with TMU Graduate Studies

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At TMU, we understand that pursuing graduate studies is a significant financial investment. Learn about funding packages – internal and external – available to support 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, TMSU – TMU Students’ Union, TMSU 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 TMU.

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 Toronto Met 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.

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, Ted Rogers MBA, MEIE and Computer Networks - please visit Fees by Program for more information). Your tuition is a YEARLY charge, which is broken into three equivalent payments for the three terms in a graduate academic calendar.

Detailed tuition and 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 file) Graduate 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
Applied Mathematics 6
Architecture 6
Biomedical Physics 6
Building Science MASc 6
Building Science MBSc 3
Chemical Engineering 3
Civil Engineering 3
Child and Youth Care 3 6
Communication and Culture 4
Computer Networks 3
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
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 Toronto Metropolitan 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.

If you have a Collections Block/Fee Hold (COL, SF1 or SF2) on your account, contact Credit and Collections at 416-979-5071 or

A Collections Block (COL) service indicator may be placed on your account by the Credit and Collections unit of the Financial Services Department if your outstanding account balance has become past due. As a result, further enrolment activity and issuance of official University documentation may be denied until payment of your account has been received or other suitable arrangements have been made.

As of fall 2022, Toronto Metropolitan University will offer tuition waivers for students who grew up in extended society care (previously known as Crown Wards) in Canada and are currently enrolled in an OSAP-eligible program at the institution. The tuition waiver will cover full tuition and ancillary costs.

Students must be in an OSAP-approved program to be considered for the tuition waiver.

Learn more about application process and eligibility requirements


At TMU, 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 TMU 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 TMU Graduate Student Emergency Bursary. Please contact your program for further information.

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

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.  

Graduate Scholarships and Awards

Learn about research and teaching assistant opportunities at Toronto Met 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 Toronto Metropolitan University, the minimum rate of pay is defined in the OPSEU Collective Agreement (opens in new window) , 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 Toronto Met, 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 Toronto Met 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 (opens in new window) . Students may be offered a GA position by their program, and/or the positions will be posted on the HR website.  Search GA Opportunities (opens in new window)  for current postings. Terms of employment of graduate students will be consistent with the collective agreements between Toronto Met and its employee groups.