The University reserves the right to modify the published scale of tuition and other student fees without prior notice, at any time before the beginning of an academic term. This document contains the most current information on the University's Financial Regulations and Fees and is the authoritative document regarding the University's financial regulations as well as the billing of tuition and compulsory fees.
How fees are billed
1. Master's and PhD program billing structure - overview
Each Master's and PhD program has a nominal number of academic credits that must be successfully completed in order for the student to graduate from that program. Master's degree programs have 45, 57 or 60 nominal credits; and PhD programs have 90 nominal credits.
Each program of study has an academic time limit which is a specified number of academic terms in which the student must successfully complete all degree requirements and apply to graduate. This information is available in more detail on the Graduate Calendar webpage.
2. How and when fees are billed - overview
Tuition and compulsory fees are billed when a student is enrolled in a Master's or PhD program and is registered for a credit course or a course notation, e.g. CIP, STOQ, etc. The first registration in a student's Master's or PhD program, in either a credit course or a Continuing in Program (CIP) course notation will trigger the start of the fee billing process.
Fees are billed on the basis of
- the student's enrolment in the degree program at the time of admission (i.e. full-time or part-time status), plus
- the total number of nominal credits in the degree program.
Tuition and compulsory fees are charged
- at a maximum rate of 11.25 credits per term for full-time students and 7.5 credits per term for part-time students; and
- until all nominal credits in the degree program have been billed.
The maximum number of credits billed per term may not change when a student applies for, and is granted, a change in their admission/enrolment status:
Full-Time to Part-Time Status
- Students who change from full-time to part-time status before one half (1/2) of the nominal course credits in their program have been billed will be charged fees at a maximum rate of 7.5 credits per term until the unbilled nominal credits in their program have been billed.
- Students who change from full-time to part-time status after one half (1/2) of the nominal course credits in their program have been billed will continue to be charged fees at a maximum rate of 11.25 credits per term until all nominal credits in their program have been billed.
Part-Time to Full-Time Status
- Students who change from part-time to full-time status before one half (1/2) of the nominal course credits in their program have been billed will be charged fees at a maximum rate of 11.25 credits per term until the unbilled nominal credits in their program have been billed.
- Students who change from part-time to full-time status after one half (1/2) of the nominal course credits in their program have been billed will continue to be charged fees at a maximum rate of 7.5 credits per term until all nominal credits in their program have been billed.
In both instances, the student's academic time limit will be adjusted.
3. Prerequisite and deficiency course fees
A deficiency course is a course which must be taken in addition to the nominal credits in a student's program and does not apply to the degree program. Deficiency credits may include graduate or undergraduate courses.
Tuition and compulsory fees are charged on each prerequisite and deficiency registered course credit, in addition to the nominal credits in the degree program.
4. Continuation fees
Once the tuition and compulsory fees for the nominal credits in a student's program have been billed, the student will continue to be charged "other" compulsory fees each term until the continuation fees are charged as follows:
|Full-time Students||Tuition & compulsory fees||Compulsory fees||Continuation & compulsory fees|
|45 credit Master's programs||Term 1-4||Term 5-6||Term 7-12|
|45 credit Master's programs in JMSB||Term 1-4||Term 5||Term 6-9|
|57 credit Master's programs in JMSB||Term 1-6||not applicable||Term 7-9|
|60 credit Master's programs||Term 1-6||Term 7-8||Term 9-12|
|90 credit PhD programs||Term 1-8||Term 9-12||Term 13-18|
|Part-time Students||Tuition & compulsory fees||Compulsory fees||Continuation & compulsory fees|
|45 credit Master's programs||Term 1-6||Term 7-8||Term 9-15|
|45 credit Master's programs in JMSB||Term 1-6||Term 7-9||Term 10-15|
|57 credit Master's programs in JMSB||Term 1-8||Term 9-12||Term 13-15|
|60 credit Master's programs||Term 1-8||Term 9-10||Term 11-15|
|90 credit PhD programs||Term 1-12||Term 13-15||Term 16-24|
5. Time limit extension and other fees
Once the student has completed the total number of terms within the academic time limit and has not yet met the degree requirements in order to graduate, the student may apply to their Graduate Program Director for an academic time limit extension (TLE). If a TLE is granted, a TLE fee plus compulsory fees will be charged in each TLE term.
6. Balance of program fees charged at Graduation
Students who successfully complete their Master's or Ph.D. program degree requirements before all tuition and compulsory fees for their program of study have been billed will be charged the balance of their program's tuition and compulsory fees once they apply for graduation.
7. Courses that do not apply towards the student's degree requirements
Applicable to students admitted to a Master's or PhD program as of the 2010/1 summer term.
Master's and PhD student are permitted to register for a maximum of 3 course credits, in addition to the nominal credits in their degree program, without additional charge. All course/thesis credits "registered/attempted" 1, will be charged tuition and compulsory fees on a "per credit" basis. Attempted credits can be charged in addition to or concurrently with, the tuition and compulsory fees charged on the nominal program credits or, while being assessed continuation/time-limit extension fees. Additional course credits will be charged in any term where a registration increases the total number of credits registered, to more than the 3 allowable additional course credits.
- Courses with grade notation "DISC", "MED", "F" as outlined in the Graduate Calendar, § Academic Regulations, as well as imposed sanctions requiring extra course credits, are counted as "course credits registered/attempted"
8. "Elective" and 'Hors programme' courses
Courses that cannot be applied to the student's degree program are considered to be "elective" or 'cours hors programme' and are charged tuition and compulsory fees on a "per credit" basis. These fees are charged in addition to, and concurrently with, the tuition and compulsory fees charged on nominal program credits, continuation and compulsory fees, or time limit extension and compulsory fees.
9. Audit course fees
Courses not taken for credit are registered under a student’s Master’s or PhD program and an Audit grade is recorded to the student’s record. Audited courses are charged tuition and compulsory fees on a “per credit” basis. These fees are charged in addition to, and concurrently with, the tuition and compulsory fees charged on nominal program credits, continuation and compulsory fees, or time limit extension and compulsory fees.
10. Option changes at the Master's level
Students in all faculties may, with appropriate approval, change options in their master's degree. In these cases, all of the academic activities in the original program are considered to be continuous with the second program. Effective summer 2013, all approved transfers between ENCS programs at the master's level are considered option changes for the purposes of this regulation.
Upon an option change, the academic time limit is not extended and will continue to be counted from the term of admission to the original program of study. The student record will reflect the option change by an option change notation; or for ENCS transfers, the transferal of all graded courses into the new program. In ENCS, courses with DISC/MED notations are not transferred or credited financially to the new program.
Financially, tuition and compulsory fees paid in the original program are credited to the new program of study and are not forfeited provided that registration is continuous and in consecutive terms.
Examples of such option changes include:
- Master's of Arts (Educational Technology – thesis option) and the Master's of Arts (Educational Technology – internship option)
- All Master's of Engineering (MEng) to and from all other Master's of Applied Science (MASc) including Master's of Computer Science and Master's of Applied Computer Science
11. Program to program transfers
Program transfers between the Master's in Business Administration (MBA programs) and the Diploma in Chartered Professional Accountancy are exceptions, provided the student has completed the Diploma program requirements and (that is, the degree/diploma has not been conferred.)
Upon official withdrawal from the Diploma in Chartered Professional Accountancy programs, up to a maximum of 30 credits are transferred to the MBA program and are not forfeited. The transfer of program must be processed within 2 years (6 academic terms) from the last registration in the original program of study.
12. Special degree transfers (new admission)
When a Concordia graduate degree program student transfers to a different Master's or PhD within Concordia, financial credits equal to the number of academic credits transferred to the new program but not exceeding the tuition and compulsory fees paid in the original program will be granted. This does not apply to transfers to or from graduate privatized programs.
13. Admission to a PhD program with an incomplete Master's degree
Accelerated admission (fast tracking) describes a process whereby exceptional students are admitted to PhD programs without a Master’s degree in the same discipline. Students who follow this process must show high academic performance or potential evidenced by an outstanding GPA, appropriate research publications in a field of study, a research topic at the Master’s level which is advanced enough for a doctoral thesis proposal, or other similar demonstrations of achievement. Students who are
- accepted for accelerated admission, and
- currently registered in a Master’s degree program
- accepted for accelerated admission, and
- are admitted directly from a Bachelor’s degree
are expected to complete the course component of a Master’s (Thesis option) program in the same discipline in addition to the standard academic requirements for the doctoral program.
Since this is a new admission, the PhD program Academic Time Limit and nominal fees billed begin anew. All nominal fees billed in the Master's program are non-transferable and will not be applied to the PhD.
Students who have not completed a Master's degree and are admitted directly to a Concordia PhD program may be required to take a course(s) in addition to their PhD program requirements. All pre-requisite and deficiency course credits are registered under a Qualifying Program and are charged tuition and compulsory fees on a “per credit” basis.
14. Leave of absence from program
A leave of absence from a program of study may have implications for students receiving awards, loans and bursaries.
With respect to medical coverage while on an approved leave of absence:
- Canadian students do not pay fees for the Student Health and Dental Plan while on a leave of absence and are not therefore covered by (insured under) this insurance plan.
As the (study) visa status of International students may possibly be affected by a leave, they are advised to visit the International Students Office for further information.
Access to University services while on leave
- Leave without access. During a leave without access, a student will not have access to library, university or student services. No fees are charged for a leave without access.
- Leave with access. During a leave with access, a student will have access to library, university and student services. A flat service fee of $150 per term will be charged.