Graduate fees and funding

Before starting your graduate program, make sure you understand your tuition and general fees, and learn about funding available.

Departmental Funding

Funding offered by the Department of Sociology for graduate studies.


Length of funding

  •  MA Students are normally guaranteed Departmental funding in the first twenty months of their program.
  • PhD Students are normally guaranteed Departmental funding in the first four years of their program.

What makes up this funding

  • Scholarships and awards
  • Graduate Assistantships (Teaching, Non-Teaching or Research)
  • Sessional instructor positions

Maintenance of Guaranteed Funding

In order to maintain your funding throughout your MA or PhD program, you must maintain:

  • Adequate progress as stated in the Academic Calendar
  • A satisfactory rating on the Annual Progress Report by the Graduate Program Director
  • A minimum GPA of 3.5 across all courses taken as part of the degree.

Requirements to Seek Funding for Canadian Citizens & Permanent Residents

  • All MA and PhD students must apply each year for any internal or external awards for which they are eligible. Failure to apply may result in a decrease in or cancellation of Departmental funding.

Requirements to Seek Funding for International Students

All eligible MA and PhD students must apply each year for any external awards funded through their home governments. Failure to apply may result in a decrease in or cancellation of Departmental funding.

Funding Requirements

Departmental funding is dependent on a good academic standing and reasonable progression through the program. If you need to take longer to complete the degree, the Graduate Program Director will work with you to make arrangements.

You are eligible to have funding from multiple sources (ie. Graduate Assistantship (teaching or non-teaching) and an internal scholarship).


Scholarships and awards

Scholarships and awards

Learn more about scholarships and awards available to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Student loans

Student loans

If you're a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, protected person or American citizen, you can apply for a student loan.

Working during grad school?

Working during grad school?

Have a competing award or assistantship? The Faculty of Graduate Studies can help explain the rules and regulations concerning awards, grants and assistantships graduate students are eligible to receive.