Tuition and Funding

Tuition Fees

Memorial has some of the lowest tuition fees in Canada. All figures are in Canadian dollars and subject to change. More information is available in the calendar.

  • Note: Full time students aiming to complete their program in one year normally are covered by "Master's Payment Plan C".

Students who do not complete their programs in a predetermined number of semesters will be required to pay a continuance fee for each additional semester required. In addition to program and special fees, graduate students are responsible for a number of other fees. For a list, please refer to the Minimum Expense form downloadable from the School of Graduate Studies website.

Funding for Students

Most students in the Master of Arts program will receive some form of financial support. This is often guaranteed during the admissions process; however funding varies based on academic merit. Funding comes from a number of sources, as outlined below.

SGS Fellowships

Each year the department has a baseline budget of graduate funding which it offers to new students on a competitive basis. Students must meet minimum School of Graduate Studies (SGS) eligibility requirements to receive this form of support.

Faculty of HSS "GA" Funding

Graduate Assistantships (or "GAs") are awarded and paid on a semester basis. In Political Science, GAs are normally assigned work as teaching assistants. Each GA unit consists of 56 hours of work over a 14-week period within a semester (i.e., an average of 4 hours per week). Students will be asked to apply for GA funding prior to the semester. In some circumstances students may be guaranteed GA funding during the admission process.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

This award is for citizens and or permanent resident of Canada, who have completed or are about to complete a bachelor's degree, or are already pursuing a master's degree in the humanities or social sciences. SSHRC provides both MA and Ph.D. scholarships to students pursuing Political Science. Of particular note to Memorial students is the Canada Graduate Scholarship Program (CGS) - Masters Scholarship, valued at $17,500 per year.

Note: In 2008 the Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) became known as the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships. The terms and conditions of the CGS program remain the same.

Other Awards

Information about other graduate scholarships and bursaries is available on the Department's Awards and Funding page.


Department of Political Science

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