Tuition and Funding

UBC’s Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs (MPPGA) is a premier professional public policy program at a top-tier university that attracts expert faculty and leading students from around the world. As such, tuition is comparable to that of other high-calibre universities in Canada, in the United States and internationally. The MPPGA’s founding partners are committed to working with top candidates for whom financial considerations are a concern.

Tuition and fees

Base tuition for the Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs program starting in September 2017 is $26,842.32 CAD in the first year of the program and $17,894.88 CAD in the second year for domestic students, and $42,648.18 CAD in the first year of the program and $28,432.12 CAD in the second year for new international students.

Tuition is paid in five installments over two years: Three are paid in the first year of study and two are paid in the second year. This means that 60% of your two-year tuition amount is due in the first year.

Find a table with details on the UBC Calendar website

You will also pay approximately $857 CAD per year in University-assessed student fees, which help cover the costs of student resources such as the U-Pass (a public transit pass), and $222 CAD for the Alma Mater Society/Graduate Student Society (AMS/GSS) Extended Health Plan.

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*Fees, including tuition, program, course, special, and student society fees, are approved by the UBC Board of Governors following consultation with students and are subject to change. For more information, please see the UBC Tuition and Fees page.

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies has developed a cost-of-living calculator to help you prepare financially for graduate school at UBC. The tool estimates monthly and annual expenses related to tuition, accommodation, transit, food and more.

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Other costs

The Global Policy Project (GP2) in your second year will provide opportunities for you and your team to engage with policy makers and civil society on real world problems. Some of these projects will be locally based while others may involve national or international travel. The program will cover the cost of travel to your project destination in the form of economy class airfare up to a reasonable amount specified by the program for each project.

Additional project costs such as accommodation, in-country transportation, research costs, food, vaccines, and insurance will vary by project and will be the responsibility of the student. Students will have the opportunity to rank their projects of choice prior to being placed on teams.

Sponsorship Billing

Some UBC students have a portion of their UBC fees paid by a sponsor such as an Aboriginal community, employer, or government agency. This is called sponsorship billing. To have an organization sponsor your studies at UBC, they will have to meet the required criteria and apply before the deadline. For any changes to the sponsoring agency or amount sponsored, you will need to submit a new form. Please find details on the UBC Enrolment Services website.

Scholarships and awards

A wide range of scholarships, awards and financial support is available for qualified candidates through the MPPGA program, UBC and external partners.

The MPPGA program offers entrance scholarships and generous merit-based scholarships for both domestic and international students. Applicants may indicate their desire to be considered for a scholarship on the application form itself. Scholarship decisions are made in conjunction with admission decisions.

MPPGA candidates and students, please find various opportunities at UBC and externally by clicking on the table icon below. Please check the funding websites carefully as information is subject to change. Please also note that the links below are provided as a service to students. UBC does not verify the information in these listings, nor are the organizations and placements subject to any form of University inspection. UBC does not take responsibility for any issues relating to the use of the information below.

Opportunities for Funding

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Internal Awards

A $1,000 is offered annually to the best performing student in the first year of the program, on the basis of exceptional academic achievement and demonstrated leadership. Both international and domestic students are eligible. The award is not renewable, and it is made on the recommendation of the Graduate Committee of the MPPGA in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

An award of $2,500 will be given to the candidate(s) nominated by the Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs (MPPGA) program to participate in the United Nations Association of Canada International Development and Diplomacy Internship program (IDDIP). Students will be selected based on their academic achievements, their readiness to work abroad, and their expertise related to roles in the IDDIP. The award will be distributed upon successful signing of a Host Organization placement contract through the United Nations Association of Canada. The award is made on the recommendation of the Graduate Committee of the MPPGA in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Two awards of $750 each are offered annually by Dr. Lakhbir K Jassal, to graduate students whose focus of study is in one of the following areas: Human Geography, Anthropology (socio-cultural or medical anthropology focus), Psychology (focus on Behavioural Neuroscience, Clinical Psychology or Cognitive Science), and Public Policy and Global Affairs (MPPGA). The awards are available to assist students with expenses associated with fieldwork or presenting their work at conferences. Candidates must have an excellent academic record, with financial need taken into consideration. The awards are made on the recommendation of the four respective departments, in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, alternating between the Departments of Geography and Anthropology in even-numbered Winter Sessions and the Department of Psychology and School of Public Policy and Global Affairs in odd-numbered Winter Sessions.

UBC awards

A $4,000 prize has been made available through an endowment established by Dr. Rashid Sumaila upon being named the 2017 Volvo Environment Prize laureate for a Master’s or Ph.D. student whose peer-reviewed publications to date are expected to have the most significant impact on the field of environmental sustainability.

Preference is given to students supervised by faculty members who are affiliated with the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries; the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability; or the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs.

Further information is available on the UBC G+PS website.


External scholarships

The Open Scholarship is available to graduates of Canadian universities who pursue graduate study in any discipline, in Canada or elsewhere. One Open Scholarship is awarded each year. The Traveling Scholarship is available to graduates of Canadian universities who pursue graduate study in the United States or the United Kingdom in the areas of international relations or industrial relations (including the international or industrial relations aspects of law, history, politics and economics). Recently four scholarships have been awarded annually.

Deadline: Please check the website for details.
Award Value: $8,500 - $10,500 (subject to change)

Further information is available on the UBC G+PS website.

The contact at the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for this competition is Natalie Thorson (

Funded by Global Affairs Canada and The MasterCard Foundation, The African Leaders of Tomorrow (ALT) Scholarship Program commemorates the late Nelson Mandela’s commitment to social justice and equity by offering young African women and men the opportunity to study in a Master’s degree program in Canada in public administration, public policy or public finance.

The ALT Scholarship Program grants scholarships based on merit to young professionals from a range of sub‐Saharan countries. The main goal of the scholarship is to contribute to a strong and effective public sector in sub‐Saharan Africa. Special consideration will be given to equitable representation across the continent and to the advancement of women leaders.

Please find more information on the CBIE website, including a table of important dates under  How to Apply.  Please note that the deadline to complete the Preliminary Questionnaire for 2018 has now passed.

The website provides information about program components and funding, eligibility and selection criteria, university program options available to ALT scholars and the application process.

The ALT Program is managed by the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) in partnership with the Institute for Public Administration of Canada and in collaboration with the African Association for Public Administration and Management and the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration.


The University of British Columbia offers multi-year fellowships to Master's and doctoral Aboriginal students. Award winners are selected on the basis of academic merit through an annual competition, administered by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies in consultation with the First Nations House of Learning. Approximately a dozen new fellowships are offered each year.

Each fellowship provides a stipend of $18,200 per year for doctoral students or a stipend of $16,175 per year for Master’s students. Additionally, AGF recipients are eligible to receive tuition funding. Tuition funding will not exceed the current value of the standard doctoral or Master's degree tuition fees. Applicants for Master's funding will receive fellowship funding until the end of their second year of Master’s studies; applicants for doctoral funding will receive fellowship funding for four years or until the end of their fifth year of doctoral studies, whichever comes first; in all cases, continued fellowship support is conditional on satisfactory academic progress. Recipients of Master’s fellowship funding must re-apply to be considered for doctoral funding. Find more information in the Graduate School's website here.