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Fees and tuition

All master’s students have automatically assessed fees under the payment Schedule A. Part-time tuition payments known as Schedule B, are only available by application to and approval by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Applications for Schedule B must be submitted prior to beginning your program. Students are prohibited from switching tuition payment schedules during their program.

Note: Part-time students are ineligible for the majority of awards offered by the School of Information and the university.

Every candidate enrolled in a graduate program is required to maintain continuous registration by paying tuition installments according to schedule A or B plus authorized student fees, as listed below. Tuition fees are payable in three (3) installments per year according to the following schedules (plus authorized student fees). These fees are due regardless of course registrations for the term.

The School of Information Services and Supplies Fee covers all program costs associated with lab costs (equipment, licenses, etc.); course costs (photocopying, special materials, etc.); Peer advisor positions. All first-year students at the beginning of their program are assessed a one-time iSchool fee as follows:

MLIS, MAS, PhD $236
Dual MAS/LIS $385
Master of Arts in Children's Literature $128

Continuing students who apply for and are accepted for transfer into the dual degree program must pay the outstanding balance. The School of Information student fee also covers a one-time student society fee assessed by Library and Archival Studies Students Association (LASSA).

In addition to the tuition and fees listed above, students should expect to pay approximately $1,000 a year for ancillary UBC student fees. These fees are outlined in the UBC calendar student fees section.

Students should also allocate funds for any books, software, field trips and other related expenses.


PhD funding

UBC provides all full-time PhD students with a funding package for the first four years of their degree. The funding package may consist of internal or external awards, teaching-related work, research assistantships, and graduate academic assistantships.

The school strives to support doctoral students in applying for external funding opportunities. Therefore, all students must apply for external funding through UBC Affiliated Awards and the Canadian Tri-Council Agencies during their eligibility period (usually 36 months).

Doctoral students can also apply for paid positions as teaching assistants in master’s classes and as paid research assistants for professors who have funded research projects.

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