Finances

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Development Studies offers very generous funding to support the excellent full-time students accepted into our program. This funding package, combined with York' graduate tuition (among the lowest in Ontario), makes our funding support among the best in Canada when compared to other cognate programs.

Funding to help meet the financial needs of DVST graduate students is comprised of one or more of the following internal and external funding sources: fellowships, teaching assistantships, graduate assistantships, scholarships and awards, and research assistantships.

Fellowship

Domestic Students

Full-time domestic students who receive funding support from York can expect a funding package of approximately $10,000 in their first year (3 terms of full time study), and $6,600 in their second year (2 terms of full time study) met primarily through a fellowship.

Master's Funding

Domestic students, Year I
BreakdownDomestic
York Master's Fellowship$10,000
York University Health Care Graduate Bursary*$1,000
Total Funding$11,000
Less Tuition and Ancillary Fees($5,526)
Total to Student**$5,784
* Funds to cover Graduate Students Benefits Package only (if students elect to participate)
** Total before taxes deducted
Note: Year I amounts based on full-time enrollment over 3 terms (Fall, Winter and Summer). Year II amounts will be prorated based on full-time enrollment over 2 terms (Fall, Winter).
International Students

Full-time international master’s students who receive funding support from York can expect a funding package of approximately $19,000 in their first year (3 terms of full time study), and $12,666 in the second year (2 terms of full time study) met primarily through a fellowship.

Master's Funding

International students, Year 1
BreakdownInternational
York Master’s Fellowship$19,526
York University Health Care Graduate Bursary + UHIP*$1,600
Total Funding$20,856
Less Tuition and Ancillary Fees($19,256)
Total to Student**$1,600
* Funds to cover Graduate Students Benefits Package only (if students elect to participate)
** Total before taxes deducted
Note: Year I amounts based on full-time enrollment over 3 terms (Fall, Winter and Summer). Year II amounts will be prorated based on full-time enrollment over 2 terms (Fall, Winter).

Details about York’s Standard Funding Package can be found on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website.

York Graduate Scholarship (YGS)

Incoming students may receive an additional $6,000 York Graduate Scholarships (YGS), entrance scholarship awarded in the first year of study to top-ranked applicants (i.e. GPA of A- or higher in the last two years of study).

Teaching Assistantship (TA's)

Full-time DVST students entering their second year may be eligible to apply for a Teaching Assistantship through the Department of Social Science. Normally, such teaching will consist of a tutorial or seminar work in a timetabled course in which the lectures are given by a full–time member of Faculty, this teaching being considered equal, when preparation is counted, to no more than ten hours of work per week. Students are responsible to apply for Teaching Assistantships to the Department of Social Science by the appropriate deadline. The value of a TAship is around 15,000, plus benefits.

Fieldwork Costs Fund (FCF)

Full-time DVST students can apply to the The Fieldwork Cost Fund (FCF) to assist with costs directly connected with fieldwork research. Allocated funds are provided to successful applicants by reimbursement after eligible expenses are incurred and original, detailed receipts are provided. Value and duration: up to $2,500 per year.

Graduate Assistantships (GA’s)

Although the program does not offer GAships to its students, a limited number of Graduate Assistantship opportunities may be available throughout the year through other York units. Students are encouraged to inquire by contacting individual faculty or relevant Research Centres. To hold an assistantship, students must be registered full-time in the term in which the Assistantship is held.

All funding is contingent on continuous registration as a full-time student, continued satisfactory academic performance, and fulfillment of any funding-related employment obligations.

Bursaries

York University and the Faculty of Graduate Studies provide bursaries to assist full–time graduate students with financial need. Some bursaries are administered by Student Financial Services (SFS), others by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Please visit Faculty of Graduate Studies — Funding and Awards for additional student financial support information, including internal and external scholarship opportunities.

Estimated Cost of Living

The following figures are intended to serve only as a guide to help you plan for your prospective program. All figures are subject to change and listed in CDN dollars.

Total $15,700  
Housing (incl. utilities) $8,400 based on average rate of $700/month for a full academic year (i.e. 12 months), does not include parking, telephone, cable, internet and laundry
Food $3,600 based on $300/month for a single person
Miscellaneous (Transportation, Clothing, and Entertainment) $3,700  

Estimated Educational Costs

Total $7,430 - $23,184  
Fees and Tuition $ 5,545 - Domestic
$19,500 - International
based on full-time (non-professional)
graduate programs, per academic year
Textbooks, Equipment and Supplies $1,500 - $3,000 may be higher for some disciplines
Health Plan and Prescriptions $385 - Domestic
$684 - International