Tuition & 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 Program Office is 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 2020 for domestic students is $28,485.24 CAD in the first year of the program and $18,990.16 CAD in the second year, for a total tuition amount of $47,475.40 CAD.

Base tuition for new international students is $47,512.08 CAD in the first year of the program and $31,674.72 CAD in the second year, for a total tuition amount of $79,186.80 CAD.

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.

You will also pay approximately $452.51 CAD per year in University-assessed student fees, $492.00 CAD per year for the U-Pass (a public transit pass), and $256.92 CAD per year for the Alma Mater Society/Graduate Student Society (AMS/GSS) Extended Health Plan. International students will also pay $900.00 CAD per year for Health-Care Coverage (MSP).

*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.

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.

Canadian Loans

If you are a Canadian student, please visit Government of Canada’s website for information about student loans and funding opportunities. For BC residents, please visit Student Aid BC for province-specific information.

U.S. Loans

If you are an American student, the MPPGA program has been approved for U.S. Direct loans to assist students to pay for their post-secondary education. Please visit UBC’s Student Services – Finances for more information.

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 applicants and students, please find various funding opportunities at UBC and externally by clicking on the link 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.

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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 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 prize of $3,850 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.

External Scholarships

UBC has partnered with the MasterCard Foundation to provide full scholarships to academically promising undergraduate and graduate students (at the Master’s level) from Sub-Saharan Africa. The vision of the program is to educate and develop bright yet economically marginalized young people in Africa who have demonstrated a “give-back” commitment and who seek to use their education to contribute to the transformation of the continent. Complete details, including eligibility requirements and application information and deadlines can be found online.

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Fully funded by the Government of Canada, these scholarships will be awarded to students from all academic disciplines, for post-secondary programs of up to two years leading to a diploma, post-secondary or post-graduate certificate, or Master’s degree at a college, technical or vocational institute, or university in Canada.

Canadian post-secondary institutions will apply for scholarships on behalf of eligible students, who will need to meet the admissions criteria of their chosen institution.

  • Target audience: Students at the college and master’s level from the following countries / territories: Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Comoros, Djibouti, Fiji, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Liberia, Mauritania, Micronesia, Palau, Tonga, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Vanuatu, Palestinians from the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem
  • Value of the award: Up to CAD 60,000 per year
  • Duration of the award: 1 to 2 years
  • Includes: Airfare, tuition, monthly living allowance, study permit, accommodation, medical insurance and more.
  • Application period: Visit the website

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)

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

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.

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