Financial Matters

Financial Matters

Tuition rates

Tuition for the program is charged at the usual university rates. Like in all the Quebec universities, an MSc program consists in 45 credits.

The following tuition structure applies only to the thesis-based stream. Tuition for the course-based stream is charged based on the actual number of credits taken in each term.

  • Tuition is charged during the first five terms (in sequence, including the Spring/Summer sessions) in five equal installments (of 9 credits each).
    • Any course taken in addition to the courses required for the program is charged at its nominal value (the per-credit amount multiplied with the number of credits of the respective course).
    • In particular, preparatory students will be charged normal tuition for the courses they take, plus the student activity fee during their preparatory term(s).
  • In addition to the per credit charge, a student activity fee (currently about $471) is charged every term.
    • Graduate students are considered full time for the first five terms of the program. They can petition the Division to remain full time for another term. Their status changes to part time afterward.
    • Starting from the sixth term, students will be charged a thesis maintenance fee (currently of $350) and no student activity fee, up to and including the term in which the final version of the dissertation is submitted to the university.
  • The current amount charged per credit is $72.26 for Quebec residents, $195.27 for out-of-province Canadian students, and $541.98 for international students.
    • Some international students qualify for Quebec resident fees, contact the Business Office for details.

Note that both the per credit fee and the student activity fee are subject to change without notice, and that this page may be slow in reacting to the changes. Please consult the Fees section in the Academic Calendar for updated information.

Financial assistance

Currently the University offers a tuition waiver for the in-province fees (less the student activity fee) for qualifies students. Starting generally from the second term in the program extra money are available (note too that the Tomlinson scholarship is $5,000 for Computer Science). No other financial support is guaranteed, but you may be offered extra support. You will receive details with your letter of acceptance from the Division.

Note that all applications for admissions are automatically evaluated for financial support, you do not need to submit any supplementary application.

Budget estimator

A series of fee information allows you to estimate your tuition; do not forget that you will be enrolled in 9 credits for each of the first five terms. This university page contains budget estimates. They are tailored to a program that consists in 15 credits per term for two terms a year, so make sure you adjust accordingly (based on the Tuition and Fees section of our website).

Few graduate students live in university residences, as more convenient and often cheaper accommodation can be arranged off-campus. Generally, the cost of living for students enrolled full-time at Bishop’s is quite modest by Canadian standards. For example, the cost of housing is less than $5000 per year (and can be as low as $2500 for shared accommodation). The basic cost of food, clothing, and transportation are moderate (about $6000 per year).

Speaking of off-campus accommodation, note that the university maintains a page that includes places available for rent (which is not comprehensive but is a good and convenient start for your search).