Financial Information and Awards for Graduate Students

Financial Information and Awards for Graduate Students

We offer competitive funding packages to full-time students admitted into our Master’s and PhD programs.  Excellent applicants also have the opportunities to apply for various scholarships and awards.

We also offer admissions to excellent students who are self-funded, funded by corporate sponsors or governments.

Financial Support

MSc and MASc Programs
Every full-time Master’s student is considered for financial support for their first five terms (20 months) in the program. The financial support for each full-time Master’s student in the Program is approximately $25,000/year. Excellent applicants will be considered for entrance scholarships of $6,000 each. Students who are awarded an external scholarship can receive up to $33,000/year.

PhD Program
Every full-time Ph.D. student is considered for financial support for their first twelve terms (48 months) in the program. The financial support for each full-time Ph.D. student in the Program is approximately $27,000/year. Excellent applicants will be considered for entrance scholarships of $3,000 each. Students who are awarded an external scholarship can receive up to $35,000/year.

Funding Details
Internal financial support can include the following components:

Teaching Assistantships: Teaching assistantships (TA) are normally offered to all full-time Ph.D. students and all full-time 1st year M.Sc. students. Currently a full teaching assistantship is valued approximately at $12,000. Each full TA requires the tutoring of undergraduate students and/or grading of assignments and tests. A full TA requires 270 hours of work. Note: there is a graduate financial assistance benefit of $590/term (i.e. up to $1770/year) for students who hold a TA; this benefit is in addition to the financial support amounts mentioned above.

Scholarships: York Graduate Scholarships (YGS) of $6,000 per student are available to first-year Master’s students, who are admitted with a grade of “A” or better. YGS of $3,000 per student are available to excellent first-year PhD students. YGS are also open to visa students.

Graduate Assistantships: Students who have maintained a B+ average or better over the last 2 complete years of study are eligible for graduate assistantships. Formal arrangements for work of graduate assistants are made with the Program Director after admission.

Research Assistantships: Additional funds in the form of research assistantships are available to students. This is financial support from a faculty member’s research grant. Normally, a student will receive such support from their thesis supervisor. This support entails the expectation of some assistance provided by the student towards the granting faculty member’s research.

International Student Tuition Scholarships: These scholarships help international students cover their higher tuition fees; they are currently valued at $4,800 per year; normally, all full-time international graduate students receive them.

Bursaries: Funds are available to visa students, to assist them on the payment of fees. Such Bursaries are awarded by the Faculty of Graduate Studies based on the need and academic standing.