Tuition and Financial Aid
McMaster University provides financial support in the form of a teaching assistantship plus a program scholarship to all qualified full-time graduate students. It is program policy to support M.Sc. students for up to two years and Ph.D. students for up to four years from initial registration in the Ph.D. program.
The level of support* is determined annually and is competitive with other Canadian programs. In 2019/20, a teaching assistantship paid $11,340 for 260 hours of work and a program scholarship of $13,500 for those students in a thesis program. From this total income of $24,840, tuition and incidental fees of $7,841 for Canadians and landed immigrants were deducted. Tuition fees for foreign students were $17,594 for the same period. All tuitions and fees are approximate.
Successful foreign applicants are automatically considered for a limited number of Faculty Tuition Bursaries, which pay part of the difference between foreign and domestic tuition.
Highly qualified prospective students should also apply for the scholarships awarded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (Canadian citizens and landed immigrants) and the Province of Ontario – Ontario Graduate Scholarship program (Ontario residents). These are usually due in September of the year prior to anticipated enrollment. Our graduate students have traditionally been very successful in national and provincial competitions.
For further information and for a full list of possible scholarships, please see the School of Graduate Studies – Scholarships page.
* Prospective students should be aware that government contributions to graduate student support may change from year to year. The most recent figures can be obtained by contacting the Program.