Masters & PhD Fee Regulations

MBA and course based students must pay a per diem if courses are dropped.

Interest will be charged to overdue student accounts anytime after the payment deadline. Interest is calculated at an annual rate of 12 % and is based on the daily account balance. It is applied to the student's account on a monthly basis.

Graduate Students who have not made fee-payment arrangements by the Wednesday of the third week of the term will be withdrawn from the School of Graduate Studies and their graduate program. An exception will be made for those students who are defending their thesis before the end of the first month of a term ie: September 30th (fall term), January 31st (winter term) or May 31st (summer term). If the last day in that month falls on a weekend, it will be the last Friday of that month.

It may be necessary to re-apply to Graduate School if deleted for non-payment.

GRA/GAA payments cannot be processed unless tuition has been paid in full or authorization has been provided to deduct tuition and fees from this funding.

Effective May 17, 2016 the Board of Governors approved a $25 increase to the Late Payment Fee, which will be charged if a student fails to negotiate his/her student loan, pay their fees in full or make suitable payment arrangements within the published payment due dates. Note that students who finish their degree requirements by the end of the first month of study, resulting in their registration being removed, will not be required to pay the proposed Late Payment Fee.  The Late Payment Fee is $75.

Fee Provisions: Full Time Research Based Master's Degree:
All full time Master's candidates in research-based degrees will pay per term fees for the first six (6) terms or until degree completion, whichever is first (Co-op terms are excluded from consideration for the 6 terms).  At the end of term six (if the student has not already completed the degree), the student, supervisor, and Director of Graduate Studies will submit a progress report to the School of Graduate Studies.  From this point in the degree, the student will continue to pay fees either on a "full time continuing" basis or on a "part time" basis (see criteria in this section of the calendar).

Please Note: Master's students are reminded that they must complete their work within twelve (12) terms of the date of first registration as a candidate.  An extension to the time limit may be granted to a student by the School of Graduate Studies in exceptional circumstances provided that the Graduate Academic Unit concerned supports such an extension.

Fee Provisions: Full Time Research Based PhD Degree:
All full time doctoral students will pay per term fees for the first nine (9) terms or until degree completion, whichever is first. At the end of term nine (if the student has not already completed the degree), the student, supervisor, and Director of Graduate Studies will submit a progress report to the School of Graduate Studies. From this point in the degree, the student will continue to pay fees either on a “full time continuing" basis or on a "part time" basis (see criteria in this section of the calendar).

Please Note: Doctoral students are reminded that they must complete their work within twenty-one (21) terms of the date of first registration as a candidate, irrespective of whether registration has been on a part time or full time basis, or a combination thereof. An extension to the time limit may be granted to a student by the School of Graduate Studies in exceptional circumstances provided that the Graduate Academic Unit concerned supports such an extension.

Fee Provisions: Full-Time & Part-Time Course Based Master's Degrees and Diplomas:
Full-time and part-time graduate students in course-based Master's degrees and Diplomas will pay by the course. Part-time students in course-based Master's and Diplomas must normally register for at least one course within each three-term cycle in order to maintain registration.

Please Note: For a Master's degree taken entirely on a part-time basis, the time limit should not exceed fifteen (15) terms. For a Diploma taken entirely on a part-time basis, the time limit should not exceed fifteen (15) terms. An extension to the time limit may be granted to a student by the School of Graduate Studies in exceptional circumstances provided that the Graduate Academic Unit concerned supports such an extension.

Fees: Part-Time Research-Based Master's and PhDs:
Prior to graduation, part-time students who are in Master's Degree programs which are thesis or report based, and who begin the degree on a part-time basis or transfer to part-time prior to completion of their sixth term, must have paid fees equal to at least 4.5 times the full-time term fee in effect at the time of first registration. The one exception to this rule will be students enrolled in Senate approved one year research-based Master’s degrees; such students must have paid fees equal to at least 3 times the full-term fee in effect at the time of first registration. Prior to graduation, part-time students who are in PhD programs, and who begin the degree on a part-time basis or transfer to part time prior to completion of their ninth term, must have paid fees equal to or at least nine times the full-time term fee in effect at the time of first registration.

Notes: Full-Time and Part-Time:
For students contemplating whether to proceed to "Full Time Continuing" or "Part-Time" at the end of six (6) terms of the Master's or nine (9) terms of the Doctorate, the following provisions and associated implications should be taken into consideration in their decision-making process. Full-Time Continuing students are considered to be involved on a full-time basis in their degree work, remain eligible for GRA/GTA support, remain eligible for external scholarships requiring "full time" status (for example, NSERC PGS A/B competitions), and are limited to 12 hours of employment per week. Part-time students are generally not working full time toward the degree, are not eligible for GRA support (but can be funded by other resources within the GAU such as GTA, RA or stipendiary money), have no restrictions on the amount of working time outside the degree program, and count time in the program at a rate of half the actual time elapsed, subject to the maximum time limits set out above.

International Differential Fees
In addition to the degree fees detailed in the calendar, non-Canadian graduate students will be required to pay an international differential fee. Please note that international students enrolled in the cost-recovery MBA program on the Saint John campus are not required to pay differential fees. All other non-Canadian graduate students will pay international differential fees as follows:

a. Full-time students admitted to the Master's program will pay term international differential fees for up to six (6) terms.

b. Full-time students admitted to the Doctoral program will pay term international differential fees for up to nine (9) terms (with a UNB recognized Master’s).

c. Students, who have begun the Master's program at UNB but, on the recommendation of their GAU, have transferred to the Doctoral program before the completion of the Master's degree, will pay up to, and no more than, twelve (12) terms of international differential fees for the two programs combined.

d. Part-time Master's students will pay international differential fees at one-third of the term rate for each year of study in the Master's program to the maximum of the six (6) terms.

e. Part-time Doctoral students will pay international differential fees at one-third of the term rate for each year of study in the Doctoral program to the maximum of the nine (9) terms.

f. International differential fee will be payable for twelve (12) terms in the case of a student who is admitted to the PhD program from the bachelor's level.

g. MBA and course based International students pay International fee differential during the full duration of study (no maximum is in effect).

All full-time and part-time non-Canadian graduate students will pay international differential fees in three installments (Fall, Winter & Summer terms).

An adjustment to the international differential fee charge will be possible if the Registrar's Office is satisfied that the visa status changed prior to December 1st for fall term, April 1st for winter term and August 1st for the summer term.

Withdrawals, Refunds & Pro-Rated Fees

Once a student registers for courses, he or she is financially liable for them unless he or she drops them by the appropriate deadlines. A student who wishes to withdraw from a course must do so online or notify the School of Graduate Studies (Fredericton or Saint John campus) in writing. Ceasing to attend lectures or notifying the instructor does not constitute an official withdrawal. The effective date of withdrawal will be the date that the student withdrew online or the approved date indicated by the School of Graduate Studies. Students will be charged the appropriate pro-rated fee up to the drop date.

For all 3 terms in an academic year, students may drop and add courses up to the last day to add for the term without being charged a pro-rated fee.  For Masters Course Based students, courses dropped after the last day to add classes will be subject to pro-rated tuition fees from the first week of classes up to the withdrawal date shown on the student academic record.

All other compulsory fees are non-refundable, except for Health Fee, Facilities Improvement Fee and Technology Fee, which will be pro-rated up to the withdrawal date on academic record.

Masters Course Based students who are funded by government student loans should be aware that dropping courses may impact loan funding. Students are advised to check with UNB Financial Services (Fredericton or Saint John) for more information.

Refunds are processed by request ONLY, and processing time for refunds is 2-3 weeks. To request a refund, please complete a Refund Request Form.

Refunds are issued in the student's name regardless of who made the original payment, with the exception where student loans are involved.

Approved by Executive Committee of the School of Graduate Studies.

Revisions to the fee policy approved by the Executive Committee of the School of Graduate Studies.