Student Status & Classification

Student Status

Full-Time Classification

A full-time student is one who pays full-time tuition fees (schedule A of the tuition fee schedule). See the Fees section of the UBC Calendar for details. Graduate programs may articulate specific limitations regarding concurrent paid employment as consistent with participation in full-time study. Students holding Teaching Assistantships must adhere to TA contract rules regarding hours of employment.

Doctoral students must normally be full-time students. In exceptional cases, an alternative tuition schedule may be established by the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies in consultation with the University Registrar for doctoral students who have been assessed by the UBC Access & Diversity Office as having permanent disabilities requiring a reduced level of academic engagement.

Doctoral Students with Disabilities who are Deemed "Full-Time with Reduced Workload"

Part-Time Classification

All master’s students are automatically assessed tuition fees according to Schedule A unless formally approved to be assessed according to Schedule B.

Master’s students are considered full-time when assessed tuition fees according to Schedule A.

Part-time master’s students may be assessed tuition fees according to Schedule B.

Doctoral students are not eligible for Schedule B tuition fees.

Students who are planning on taking a master’s degree on a part-time basis must obtain approval of their Graduate Program Advisor and the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies prior to the beginning of the first term of the program (i.e. prior to the commencement of the degree program) in which fees are first assessed.

Students permitted to pay their tuition fees according to Schedule B are advised that:

  • they are not eligible to receive interest-free status government loans, and University fellowships or scholarships
  • they are not eligible for teaching assistantships, research assistantships, student housing, or assigned desk space at the University
  • the 5-year maximum time allowed for the program applies to part-time students

Students who pay tuition fees according to Schedule B are not permitted to revert back to Schedule A after the initial payment of the tuition fees in the first term of the program.

Tuition fees paid according to Schedule B are payable in three (3) installments per year (plus authorized student fees). No master’s student who selects Schedule B will pay total fees of less than the first nine (9) installments (plus authorized student fees). Upon program completion, any installments not already assessed will be assessed at that time.

For detailed information regarding specific program fees, please refer to the Fees section of the UBC Calendar.