Fees and scholarships


An estimate of the expected tuition fees and compulsory charges for your program is available at the following link. Fees are in Canadian dollars and are subject to change year to year. Note there is a laboratory fee for the following courses: BTEC 619 - $513, and BTEC 620 - $1026, which are in addition to the tuition fees when you register to these courses. The fees per fall or winter term indicated on the link represent a full-time registration equivalent to 15 credits per semester - the Master's Applied is 45 credits in total. You may get a fair estimate of the total fees to pay for this program by adding fall + winter + fall terms + lab fees.

Note: The University reserves the right to make changes in the various fee schedule without prior notice.

Cost of Attendance

Prospective students or newly admitted ones should consult the following website for an idea of the costs involved in a typical year of study at McGill. Costs are relative to the type of housing, the program of study, the number of credits per semester, and the life style of a student.

Financial aid - Loans and bursaries

The federal and provincial governments provide financial support to qualified Canadian and Quebec resident students. Information on financial assistance for students is available from the student.aid [at] mcgill.ca (Student Aid Office) , 514-398-6013 or their website.


Newly admitted students are urged to make every effort to secure their own funding. As the department does not offer any scholarships or funding to support students in the Biotechnology program, it is understood that applicants who are interested in applying to the M.Sc.A. must secure funding from other sources or be self-sufficient for the entire lenght of the program.

Most governmental scholarship programs are offered to Canadians or permanent residents only, and international candidates have no opportunities to request funding once in Canada. More information for international students can be found in the section below.

Few scholarships are available from the federal funding agencies (NSERC) to Canadian citizens and permanent residents enrolled in the Master of Science (Applied) in Biotechnology. Deadlines for submission of most scholarship applications are in October for studies beginning the following September. Students in their final year of bachelor studies, applying to the Master of Science (Applied) in Biotechnology, are encouraged to apply to eligible funding programs of those agencies. It is also possible to apply during the first year of the MSc (Applied) although students lose one year of potential funding. Canadian students enrolled in this program are also eligible to loan & bursary programs in Canadian provinces.

For more information on scholarships, consult the Funding section of the Future Graduate Students site. Because of the non-thesis nature of the MSc (Applied), students do not have access to internal McGill funding.

Amy Wong Biotechnology Award

This is an annual fellowship of around $7,000 (CDN) - amount will vary from year to year - to help support an outstanding student from the Peoples Republic of China, including Hong Kong, entering the Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology program or the M.Sc. (Applied) in Biotechnology program. Recipients are expected to return to their home country after the completion of their studies. Preference will be given to students entering at the Certificate level. Information on the application procedure is available through the department.

International Students

Funding opportunities for international students are scarce at McGill and international students should be self-sufficient or obtain funding from an international agency or their home country. A good source of information for international students can be found at the McGill International Student Services, not only on financial issues but immigration, health insurance, etc. Funfing information can also be found at: www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/international/international. Most of the available funding from provincial and federal agencies is offered to Canadians and permanent residents only. General information may be found in various Canadian consulates and embassy offices abroad. It is therefore strongly recommended to international applicants to seek funding opportunities to study overseas with their respective government or through international agencies.

Differential Fee Waivers

A limited number of international students from countries that have signed a tuition fee agreement with Quebec may be exempted from the higher rate of tuition fee required for students from foreign countries. International students should check the following link to find out eligible countries, as well as with their home country Ministry of Education. An application to such exemption is done from the home country of the applicant.

Teaching and Research Assistantships

Such positions are limited and are not guaranteed. You should inquire through the department for more information.

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