Fees and Tuition

Please refer to the Fees section of the University Calendar for  up-to-date and detailed fee schedule information. 

Annual “Schedule A” Tuition Rates

MAS, MLIS, Dual MAS/MLIS 

Domestic students: $4,911     International Students: $8,774*

MACL & Ph.D.

Domestic students: $4,801     International students: $8,436*

* Note: International MLIS, Dual MAS/MLIS, MACL and PhD students are automatically eligible for an International Tuition Award valued at $3,200 per year.

Distance education and online learning courses

U.S. students applying for Direct Loan funding are strongly encouraged to contact a UBC U.S. loans specialist at usloans.inquiry@ubc.ca to learn more about funding restrictions.

Students can receive more information about funding and awards on our Awards page.

All master’s students are automatically assessed fees under the payment Schedule A. Part-time tuition payments known as Schedule B, is only available by application to and approval by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Applications for Schedule B must be submitted prior to beginning your program. Students are prohibited from switching tuition payment schedules during their program.

Note: Part-time students are ineligible for the majority of awards offered by the School and the University.

Every candidate enrolled in a graduate program is required to maintain continuous registration by paying tuition instalments according to schedule A or B plus authorized student fees, as listed below. Tuition fees are payable in three (3) instalments per year according to the following schedules (plus authorized student fees). These fees are due regardless of course registrations for the term.

The SLAIS Services and Supplies Fee cover all program costs associate with maintenance of specific course readings and materials; photocopying and additional course materials; telephone and locker privileges. All first year students at the beginning of their program are assessed a one-time SLAIS Fee as follows:

MLIS, MAS, PhD program $236
Dual MAS/MLIS program $385
Master of Arts in Children's Literature program $128

Continuing students who apply for and are accepted for transfer into the Dual Degree program are required to pay the outstanding balance. The iSchool Student Fee also covers a one-time student society fee assessed by Library and Archival Studies Students Association (LASSA).

In addition to the tuition and fees listed above, expect to pay approximately $1,000 a year for ancillary UBC student fees. Please visit the following pages in the UBC Calendar's Student Fees section for complete details:

Students should also allocate funds for any books, software, field trips and other related expenses.

All new international students are required to pay a $120 medical insurance premium to provide health coverage for the three-month waiting period before they become eligible for the BC Medical Services Plan. For more information on this insurance and how to apply for provincial health insurance, visit https://students.ubc.ca/health-wellness/health-insurance

Student fees include an annual premium for the AMS Extended Health & Dental Insurance, which covers prescriptions, dental care and vision care. Students who already have equivalent extended health and dental insurance may opt out of the AMS plan. Students registered in Winter Session must apply to opt out by the end of the third week of classes. The extended health and dental insurance plan is not available to students who are registered only in Summer Session. Students wishing to opt out should contact:

Website: studentcare.net/works