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Tuition, Funding, and Employment

Graduate Studies

Tuition and Fees

Graduate tuition fees at Memorial University are charged on a semester-by-semester basis and reflect the cost of the graduate program not the number of required courses. Memorial has three semesters per academic year: Fall (September - December), Winter (January - April), and Spring (May - August). Program fees are to be paid each semester as per the payment plans outlined below. Master’s students must choose an eligible payment plan when accepting an offer of admission. Please note that normally the payment plan can only be changed in the student’s first semester. For further information on tuition and fees see Minimum Expense Form.

​NL Students
​Other Canadian Students
​International Students
​# of semesters fee must be paid
​Master’s programs Payment Plan A
​Master’s programs Payment Plan B
​Master’s programs Payment Plan C

Special Fees - in addition to semester fee above, the following programs charge a special fee:

​Master of Management
​$10,000 – to be paid $1,667 in each semester 1-6. 

* Please note that some graduate programs have special fees that are charged in addition to the regular program fees outlined above.

  • Plan A is normally recommended for full-time students (i.e., students who anticipate completing in 6 semesters or less).
  • Plan B is normally recommended for part-time students (i.e., students who will require more than 6 semesters to complete).
  • Plan C is normally recommended for students in certain 1-year programs. The following are the only programs for which full-time Master’s students are eligible to choose Plan C: Master of Applied Literary Arts, Master of Arts, non-thesis route, Environmental Policy, Master of Science in Applied Geomatics

Continuance Fees: Students who do not complete their programs in the number of semesters listed above will be required to pay a continuance fee for each additional semester required as listed in the Minimum Expense Form

Other Fees:

Graduate students are also responsible for ancillary fees (including but not exclusive to student union fees, Canadian Federation of Students fees, student services fee, campus renewal fee, health insurance, and dental insurance). The details of these fees can be found on the  Minimum Expense Form


Students may refer to the Guidelines for the Awarding of SGS Fellowships and Graduate Student Support for more information on internal funding and awards.

Internal funding sources

The value of funding will depend on the graduate program a student is admitted to. Funding sources include:

  • School of Graduate Studies fellowships – ranging from $4,000 to $12,000 per year

  • Graduate assistantships (employment) – ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 in accordance with the TAUMUN collective agreement

  • Supervisor grants/contracts – ranging from $3,000 to $15,000 per year

External awards

We strongly encourage graduate students to apply for scholarships and external awards to enhance their qualifications and increase your graduate funding. Students should pay particular attention to graduate scholarships offered by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Some of the more notable scholarship include:

  • CIHR Doctoral Research Awards

  • CIHR Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) Program – Master’s Awards

  • NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) Program – Master’s and Doctoral Scholarships

  • SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships

  • SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) Program – Master’s and Doctoral Scholarships

  • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship Program

Recipients of Tri-Council scholarships are also eligible for the Dean’s Excellence Award valued at $5,000 per year for the duration of the scholarship.

If a student is successful in receiving a scholarship or external funding, that amount may replace a portion or all of the funding offered in the letter of admission. In most cases, however, the student will receive more than the initial funding offer.

Nomination process

Recommendations for funding packages are made by the academic unit at the time of admission and approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies. There is no separate application process to be considered for graduate student funding. Full-time applicants to eligible programs will be automatically considered.

For external awards, a separate application is normally required. Please consult the website of the appropriate agency or organization and submit a complete application by the deadline.

Eligibility period

The following are funding eligibility periods for Memorial University graduate students maintaining full-time status and academic standing:

  • One-year master’s programs: one year (three semesters)

  • All other master’s programs: two years (six semesters)

  • PhD programs: four years (twelve semesters)

  • Transfer to a new program: the start of the eligibility period of the program being transferred to is the commencement date of the program being transferred from

Graduate Studies

Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland
20 University Drive, Corner Brook, NL
A2H 5G4, Canada

Office: FC4021
Phone: (709)639-6585
Email: gradstudies@grenfell.mun.ca

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