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Fees and funding

This page provides information about the following financial topics:

Living costs

The Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) office has compiled estimates of living costs to assist students in budgeting for graduate studies.  Individual costs will vary but prospective students should review this information when planning future studies.

Tuition and fees

Tuition rates for all graduate programs at Waterloo are posted by the University of Waterloo Finance Office and can be found on the tuition fees schedules web page.

The University of Waterloo bills students for tuition and fees on a per-term basis. Fees are subject to change, normally on an annual basis.

Paying your tuition and becoming fees arranged

Once a student's Offer of Admission has been accepted and the student has been matriculated, fees will appear in Quest, in the 'Finances' section of the student account.  At that time, and for each academic term thereafter, the student is responsible for becoming "fees arranged". Notices and reminders are sent out from the Finance Office. For more information, see how to become "fees arranged".

Students who do not arrange their fees face the risk of late charges, denial of access to LEARN, and being un-enrolled from courses. 

See the student financial services website for additional information.

Student funding

The School of Pharmacy guarantees a minimum amount of financial support to all of our graduate students, equal to or greater than the University of Waterloo minimum funding amounts.  

Minimum funding amounts are based on the assumption that students are within program time limits, do not have alternate funding sources such as scholarships or international student sponsorship, and are intended to be applied toward annual tuition fees. 

Funding is offered through various sources, including Graduate Research Studentships (GRS), Teaching Assistantships (TA), and other awards (see funding sources, below).

Guaranteed funding for pharmacy graduate students

Effective Spring 2017, minimum funding for graduate students in our programs are as follows:

  Master of Science Doctor of Philosophy
Domestic students $20, 125  $22, 647
International students $20, 125* $22, 647*

*International graduate students registered in a full-time master's or doctoral degree program also receive the International Master's Student Award (IMSA) or the International Doctoral Student Award (IDSA). Visit the Graduate Studies Office international funding page for more information.

Funding sources

Science Graduate Student Award (SGSA)

The SGSA is awarded to full-time graduate students in research-based programs in the Faculty of Science who are within time-limits and without a major scholarship. It's purpose is to reduce the Graduate Research Studentship (GRS) amounts required from supervisors, to encourage greater capacity for graduate students, and to encourage students and supervisors to work together to ensure timely completion of their programs. 

Teaching Assistantship (TA)

The teaching assistantship is a paid position where students are employees of the university, under the supervision of a course instructor. TAs are an important part of the graduate student experience, enhance the student's CV, and offset the GRS funding amounts required by supervisors. The School of Pharmacy guarantees TA positions for our graduate students as part of their overall minimum guaranteed funding. 

For more information, see the pharmacy teaching assistantship website.

For additional information about the GRS and TA, visit the graduate student employment website.

Science Graduate Experience Award (SGEA)

The SGEA is awarded when a student holds TA position in a given term. The award amount is based on the number of TA units, and is part of the minimum guaranteed funding amount.     

The SGSA and SGEA are only eligible for full time students who are within program time-limits.

Graduate Research Studentship (GRS)

For students who do not receive competitive scholarships (e.g. NSERC, CIHR, OGS), the majority of their funding is provided by their supervisor, in the form of a Graduate Research Studentship (GRS).  The GRS amount is calculated on a term by term basis, and is determined by the number of TA units held in a given term. GRS funding is arranged by the department and paid through Quest.


Students who are interested in partnering with organizations can find out more information about internships at Waterloo Pharmacy by visiting our internship web page.

Graduate scholarships

Students in graduate programs at Waterloo Pharmacy are encouraged to apply for major scholarship funding through agencies such as NSERC, CIHR, OGS, etc. 

Students who secure such funding receive more funding than the posted guaranteed minimums and such awards greatly enhance their CV.  These funds also help to offset the GRS amount required by the supervisor. 

See the graduate studies awards and funding web page and the School of Pharmacy graduate awards web page for additional information about awards and funding for graduate students.