Max Bell School's MPP is an intensive 11-month program which requires students to dedicate themselves full-time to their studying in order to succeed. As such, students should budget for both tuition costs, fees and the cost of living in Montreal. The following sections outline the tuition and fees required to study at the Max Bell School as well as the various funding sources available to students. The Max Bell School is focused on making its program accessible and is committed to providing financial assistance to its students. Details on these scholarships and other sources of funding are also available below.
Fees and Costs
Tuition costs are the same for both international and domestic students while health and dental insurance costs differ.
|$ 11,760||$ 15,540||$ 10,500||$ 37,800*|
*The total tuition cost does not include ancillary and insurance fees. Tuition costs are based on the number of credits registered for at $840 per credit.
Accepted candidates are required to make a non-refundable deposit of $4,000 CAD to secure their place in the program. This non-refundable deposit will be applied towards their fall tuition.
All degree students may apply for a Fee Deferral if they meet the criteria outlined. In particular, government aid recipients and international students experiencing transfer delays are able to postpone all or part of their tuition and ancillary fees without incurring interest or penalties.
The Max Bell MPP is one of the most cost-competitive MPP programs among leading universities given the program takes less than a year to complete and the affordable cost of living in Montreal. For a detailed comparative breakdown consult the following link.
Please note that in the table below the student society, student services, general administrative charges and ancillary fees, as well as insurance fees, are based on costs for the 2021-2022 academic year, with final 2022-2023 fees to be confirmed in spring 2022.
|Fall Term||Winter Term||Summer Term|
|Average # of credits per year||14.00||18.5||12.5|
|Tuition ($840 per credit)||$11,760.00||$15,540.00||$10,500.00|
|Student Society and Other Fees||$181.39||$97.66||0.00|
|Student Services / Athletics||$322.09||$322.09||0.00|
|Registration, Transcripts & Diploma, General Administrative Charges||$202.37||$159.45||$170.58|
|Information Technology Charge||$123.48||$132.30||$110.25|
McGill University Health and Dental Insurance Fees for 2021-2022**
|International Students||Canadian Students|
|International Health Insurance (single rate)||$ 1,047.00|
|PGSS Dental Insurance International Students (students may opt-out under certain conditions)||$ 200.00|
|PGSS Health & Dental Insurance Canadian Students (students may opt-out under certain conditions)||$ 575.00|
|Total||$ 1,247.00||$ 575.00|
**Paid in the fall term for coverage from Sept 1 to Aug 31
Note: Ancillary and insurance fees are based on costs for the 2021-2022 academic year and are subject to change.
Total Cost of MPP Program Including Fees and Insurance
Cost of Living and Tuition Comparative Table
Canadian Dollars (CDN)
|School||City||Number of Years to Complete the MPP||Tuition for Domestic Students MPP||Tuition for International Students MPP||Rent Costs*|
|School of Public Policy - London School of Economics and Political Science||London, England||2 Years||$73,368 CDN||$73,368 CDN||$48,796 CDN|
|School of Public Policy and Global Affairs - University of British Columbia||Vancouver, British Columbia||2 Years||$47,475 CDN||$79,186 CDN||$24,310 CDN|
|The School of Public Policy - University of Calgary||Calgary, Alberta||1 Year||$22,542 CDN||$35,350 CDN||$15,402 CDN|
|The Goldman School of Public Policy - University of California Berkeley||Berkeley, California||2 Years||$74,810 CDN||$108,025 CDN||$36,080 CDN|
|John F. Kennedy School of Government (Harvard Kennedy School) - Harvard University||Cambridge, Massachusetts||2 Years||$130,411 CDN||$130,411 CDN||$44,919 CDN|
|Max Bell School of Public Policy - McGill University||Montréal, Quebec||1 Year||$37,800 CDN||$37,800 CDN||$12,255 CDN|
|Blavatnik School of Government - University of Oxford||Oxford, England||1 Year||$68,336 CDN||$68,336 CDN||$31,879 CDN|
|School of Policy Studies - Queen's University||Kingston, Ontario||1 Year||$14,500 CDN||$44,843 CDN||$12,660 CDN|
|Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy - University of Toronto||Toronto, Ontario||2 Years||$35,360 CDN||$83,020 CDN||$29,510 CDN|
The table shows costs in Canadian dollars as of June 2020. The table is also based on data accessed in June 2020 and reflects the tuition rates at the above institutions for the 2020/21 year.
* Rent costs are estimated total costs for the duration of the program based on 2018 costs.