Graduate Tuition Fee Units are established by the Board of Governors of the University of Northern British Columbia at its March meeting. Tuition changes take effect at the beginning of the September Semester. In the event of a discrepancy between the present information and official documentation from the Board, the official documentation from the Board will take precedence. The fees presented here are for 2022-2023.

Note: Students who complete their graduation requirements early are required to pay the minimum tuition fee units.

For graduate tuition fees, specific course fees, and mandatory student services fees for Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and international students, please visit Tuition and Fees.

The minimum fee for the Masters degree is 3 full-time tuition fee units or 9 part-time tuition fee units.

Program fees for full-time MBA students

The MBA Program consists of 5 semesters. For the first semester, a $2000.00 deposit is due within 30 days of admission with the balance due the first day of classes. Of the $2000.00 deposit - $500.00 is non-refundable after June 30. The $1500.00 balance is non-refundable after July 25. All future semesters, tuition, program fees and student fees are due prior to the first weekend of the semester. Non-payment of fees prior to the first weekend may hold up registration and access to Moodle. The Pre-MBA Program Course Fee is $672.92 for domestic students and $773.86 for international students.

Domestic Students: Tuition is $7,269.27, plus $451.01 for the MBA fee per semester. Textbooks, course materials and student fees are not included in the above fees.

International Students: Tuition is $8,489.66, plus $451.01 for the MBA fee per semester. Textbooks, course materials and student fees are not included in the above fees.

Some travel is required and may involve additional costs to the student.

Note: All fees are subject to Board of Governor approval. The tuition fees do not include UNBC student fees, cost of transportation or accommodation, cost of textbooks or course materials. Please refer to the UNBC Graduate Programs website for more information on graduate programs.

A student who withdraws from the MBA Program after the one-week off-campus session in August will have $2,000 withheld to cover the costs of that session.

For information regarding continuation fees, please see “Tuition Fee Units for Continuing Students”

Tuition fee units for Master of Engineering in Integrated Wood Design

Basic Tuition Unit: $5,413.33

The minimum fee for the Master's degree is three full-time tuition fee units.

The program fees do not include UNBC student fees, costs of textbooks, accommodation and transportation. 

Please refer to the UNBC Graduate Studies website (www.unbc.ca/graduate-programs) for more information on graduate programs.

Tuition fee units for Special Education Graduate Certificate

Basic Tuition Unit: $2,509.50 (domestic)
Basic Tuition Unit: $3,513.30 (international)

The minimum fee for this Graduate Certificate is three full-time tuition fee units.

Tuition fee units for full-time PhD students

The full-time Basic Tuition Fee Unit is $1,784.45 per semester for Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and $2,498.23 for international students. Students entering a doctoral program for the first time may be eligible for a Doctoral Tuition Scholarship for the initial two years of registration, renewable for a further two consecutive years if progress is deemed satisfactory.

The minimum fee for the Doctoral degree is nine full-time tuition fee units.  See Graduate Programs Admissions and Regulations Section 7.1.6.

Fees for undergraduate courses

Graduate students taking undergraduate courses will be charged on a per credit hour basis for those courses. The Tuition Fee Unit Payment Schedule noted above does not include graduate or undergraduate courses taken as extra to the degree.

Tuition fee units for continuing students

Masters students who extend their studies beyond two years (or beyond four years if enrolled part-time) or Doctoral students who extend their studies beyond three years must pay a continuing registration fee of $628.43 per semester.

For Graduate students enrolled in the MBA program, a $1,345.85 continuation fee for domestic students and $1,547.73 continuation fee for international students will be charged according to the regulations for graduate programs should the period of study extend beyond five semesters.

Fee for time extensions

Students permitted to register on a time extension beyond the maximum specified in the General Regulations of the Calendar are required to pay the full-time Tuition Fee Unit applicable to their Program for each semester of registration.

Non-degree graduate students

Non-degree graduate students are charged $992.54 (domestic) or $1,389.56 (international) for each course attempted.

Audit fees for degree and non-degree graduate students

Full-time and part-time graduate (degree) students auditing undergraduate courses will be charged the same per-credit-hour fee as part-time undergraduate students.

Graduate (degree) students who audit courses at the graduate or undergraduate level are responsible for all applicable course fees (e.g. field trip fees). Ancillary fees are included in the student's full- or part-time graduate program tuition fee units.

Non-degree students as defined in Section 1.5 of the Graduate Programs Admissions and Regulations will be charged $496.27 (domestic) or $694.78 (international) (half of the cost of taking one course as a non-degree student) for auditing any three credit-hour course. They are responsible for all applicable ancillary and individual course fees.

Miscellaneous fees

International Tuition Deposit* $7,500.00 (due by the deadline specified at the time of admission offer. Please refer to UNBC Finance website for refund conditions and to the Office of the Registrar for conditions under which this fee may be waived).
Late Registration fee (if applicable)
$100.00 per semester
Application fee - Domestic Applicants
$76.50*  (non-refundable)
*to accompany application for admission if all post secondary transcripts come from institutions within Canada
Application fee - International Applicants
$153.00* (non-refundable)
*to accompany application for admission 
Re-Application fee 
Medical Insurance for International Students $190.00 per 4-month period (please refer to the following section on Medical Insurance for International Students)
Graduation Processing fee $42.46 per application for all graduating students (non-refundable)
Student ID Card Replacement $15.00 per lost card
Thesis/Dissertation Registration fee      
$48.00 (Library and Archives Canada fee for inclusion in LAC Database and Dissertation Abstracts - per thesis submitted). 
Official Transcript fee 
$10.20 per official transcript 
NSF charge $15.00 per returned cheque
Graduate Admission Deferral Deposit $250.00

*To accept your offer of admission to UNBC a tuition deposit of $7,500.00 must be paid to your UNBC student account. Once paid, the official UNBC Letter of Admission will be released.

Outstanding accounts are subject to a monthly service charge of 2% on the outstanding principal (26.82% per annum).

Additional information on fees

BC Residents 65 Years or Older

BC residents who are 65 years of age or older and who are eligible for admission may register for courses and receive a waiver of tuition. Please note that in those areas where there is a limited number of spaces available, students under this category of registration may not receive priority. Students are responsible for all fees.

Student services fees

The student services fees are collected from full-time and part-time students registered for courses to augment services to students.

NBCGSS health and dental plan fee

All NBCGSS members registered in the Fall semester and paying NBCGSS fees are automatically covered by the NBCGSS Health and Dental Plan.  This includes full-time and part-time students, and international students (Prince George campus only).

Your student Plan provides you with health and dental coverage for 12 months, from September 1 to August 31 of the following year. If you are already covered by an equivalent extended health and dental plan, you may opt out online during the Change-of-Coverage Period (typically within the first 3 weeks of classes--for exact deadlines visit www.ihaveaplan.ca. Your Plan also gives you the option to enroll your family (spouse and/or dependants) by paying an additional fee. Most members that are not automatically covered, but who wish to have coverage, are able to enroll themselves for an additional fee. Students starting in January may enroll at a pro-rated rate for 8 months of coverage (January 1 to August 31).  For more information, contact www.ihaveaplan.ca or 1-866-358-4431.


The PGPIRG fee is collected by UNBC on behalf of the Prince George Public Interest Research Group. The mandate of this group is to organize its members around topics of public interest, such as social justice and environmental issues. Please contact the group at (250) 960-7474 for further information.

Payment due date

All student accounts are payable in full by the first day of the semester.

Financial hold

Students who fail to pay the outstanding balance of their current account will be placed on financial hold. While on financial hold, no subsequent registration activity will be allowed, no official transcripts of the academic record will be issued, and a student will be denied graduation. The financial hold will be removed when the outstanding balance, including all service charges, is paid in full. Account questions can be addressed to accountsreceivable@unbc.ca.

Failure to notify

Any student failing to provide written notification to the Office of the Registrar of their complete withdrawal from a course or slate of courses will be assessed full tuition fees units for those registered courses and receive grades of “F” on their transcript.


Payments can be made by cash, debit card, cheque, American Express, Mastercard, Visa, wire transfer, or money order. Please ensure that the correct student number is written on the face of all cheques and money orders submitted to the University. Fees may be paid by the following methods:

  • by mail: cheques or money orders should be made payable to the University of Northern British Columbia and must reach UNBC by the due date. Cheques or money orders are requested in Canadian funds drawn on a Canadian bank. The University is not responsible for payments lost in the mail.
  • by wire transfer: bank-to-bank wire transfers can be arranged through your financial institution. Wire transfer instructions can be found on our web site at www.unbc.ca/finance/accounts-receivable/payment-options.
  • in person: at the Cashier's Office located on Student Services Street during regular business hours. Tuition payments are also accepted at UNBC's regional offices in Terrace, Fort St. John and Quesnel.
  • in payment drop box: located by the Security Office. All payments must be enclosed in an envelope. Do not drop cash in box.
  • by American Express, Mastercard, Visa, or Debit Card: will be accepted in person by the Cashier.
  • by internet: Mastercard and Visa payments will be accepted using the UNBC web site for students.

Any questions regarding making payments may be directed to the Cashiers Office by telephone at (250) 960-5631 or by fax at (250) 960-5251, or to Accounts Receivable at (250) 960-6390.

Payment inquiries can be addressed to cashier@unbc.ca. Do not e-mail credit card or banking information.

Refund policy

Due to the semester fee payment schedule (see Fees), there is normally no refund of fees for graduate students who withdraw from courses. If no course registration exists, registration must be maintained by registering in either the thesis or project (except for students in course-based programs without course offerings in the Spring semester).

Fee reduction schedule for course revision period (for non-degree graduate students)

The Fee Reduction Schedule will apply to non-degree graduate students who withdraw from courses. Refunds can be applied for at the Cashier's office after the revision period. Allow two to three weeks for processing. If there is a credit on a student's account and no refund is requested, the credit will be applied to the next semester.

September Semester 2022
September 21, 2022 Last day to add/drop without financial penalty
October 27, 2022 Last day to withdraw without academic penalty, 50% tuition refund
January Semester 2023
January 18, 2023 Last day to add/drop without financial penalty
February 23, 2023 Last day to withdraw without academic penalty, 50% tuition refund
May Semester 2023
May 15, 2023 Last day to add/drop without financial penalty
June 20, 2023 Last day to withdraw without academic penalty, 50% tuition refund

For condensed courses, the last day to revise registration is indicated in the course-specific documentation.

Medical insurance fee for international students

The University of Northern British Columbia has a compulsory medical insurance policy for international students. International students must provide proof of valid medical coverage for each semester that they register at UNBC. A hold will be placed on a student's file if proof of valid medical coverage is not supplied.

A medical insurance fee of $190 will be assessed automatically each semester. If students have valid BC Medical Insurance or comparable private insurance, the fee can be waived. Students without medical insurance will be asked to enroll in a university-sponsored plan which costs $190 for four months of coverage.

Students must contact International Exchange and Student Programs to enroll in the private insurance plan or to receive a waiver of the medical insurance fee. Please note that simply paying the $190 fee does not fulfill the policy. The policy requires that international students have valid medical insurance while at UNBC, and that they demonstrate proof of such coverage.

Note: Standards for accounts receivable billing and collection of student accounts receivable are subject to UNBC Policy on Student Accounts. See UNBC Policy and Procedures Manual under Finance.  For further information, please see the Student Accounts Receivable web page on the Finance website.