Financial Information

Each year, the Faculty of Graduate Studies at Brock University invests millions of dollars into our graduate students and the research they are pursuing.

When deciding to pursue graduate studies, financing your education is an important consideration. Our goal is to ensure that our students have the opportunity to fully dedicate themselves to the successful completion of their graduate program.

Tuition and Fees

For information regarding our current tuition and fees please click here. These fees are subject to change on a yearly basis.

Scholarships and Funding

Financial support is a top priority at Brock University. Brock offers our full-time research based graduate students a funding package for the defined length of the graduate program (master’s programs 3 to 6 terms, doctoral programs 12 terms).

Our funding packages typically consist of a combination of different sources of funding including graduate fellowships and graduate assistantships.

This year our graduate students will typically receive a minimum of:


  • Master’s graduate student $14,676/year
  • Doctoral graduate student $19,676/year


  • Master’s graduate student $20,926/year
  • Doctoral graduate student $25,926/year

(International students in funded programs receive an International Tuition Fellowship of $6,250/year)

Many packages will also include additional funds such as:

  • Research Fellowship $1,000-$10,000/year

Main sources of Graduate Student funding include:

  • Graduate Fellowships — $7,000/year for master’s students and $12,000/year for doctoral students
  • Graduate Assistantships — $3,838/term (most graduate students receive two terms of GA per year)
  • Dean of Graduate Studies Entrance Scholarships — Qualified incoming domestic master students with an admission average of 80% may be eligible for an additional $2,000. This scholarship is paid to the student’s financial account in the first term of their program and is not renewable for the second year.

Dean of Graduate Studies Excellence Scholarships 

Brock University values, and awards, our external scholarship recipients with an additional award to honour their achievements.

  • NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR Scholarship master’s award winners receive an additional $5,000/year
  • OGS QEII-GSST Scholarship master’s award winners receive an additional $2,500/year
  • NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR Scholarship doctoral award winners receive an additional $7,500/year
  • OGS QEII-GSST Scholarship doctoral award winners receive an additional $5,000/year

Our graduate students may also apply for Internal Donor Awards, Travel Expense Reimbursement, Bursaries, and other types of financial aid throughout their studies. External awards are also available to those who qualify.

Budgeting for your Graduate Studies education

If you are wondering how this will all work out financially, we encourage you to budget for the upcoming year by using our BudgetResourceTool15-16. This tool has been designed to assist you in creating a budget by simply filling in your funding amounts, tuition and ancillary fees.

Living Expenses

The following expenses reflect the average estimate of costs per year for a single person living in St. Catharines (typically 3 terms per academic year).

Housing costs (room or one bedroom apartment)
$6 000 – $8 000
Books and supplies (varies by course and program)
$750 – $1000
Food and personal items
$5 000 -$6 400
$750 – $1 000
$300 – $700
Miscellaneous (i.e. medicine, eyeglasses, entertainment)
$200 – $700
$2 000 – $2 200
$15 000 – $20 000

*Co-op students may incur additional expenses during the internship terms.

Please contact if you have any questions.