Table B.2.11
Average undergraduate and graduate university tuition fees,1 full-time Canadian students, by field of study, Canada, 2006/2007 to 2010/2011

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  Academic year2
2006/2007 2007/2008 2008/2009 2009/20103 2010/20114
current dollars
Undergraduate programs
Dentistry .. 12,516 13,290 13,917r 14,701
Medicine 9,659 10,029 9,821 9,815r 10,244
Pharmacy .. 4,215 8,366 8,783r 9,250
Law 7,155 7,382 8,030 8,229r 8,697
Engineering 4,943 5,099 5,319 5,577r 5,881
Veterinary medicine .. 4,296 4,422 5,358r 5,611
Mathematics, computer and information sciences 4,650 4,746 4,987 5,299r 5,550
Business, management and public administration 4,195 4,637 4,978 5,191r 5,422
Architecture and related services 3,839 3,999 4,503 4,826r 5,140
Physical and life sciences and technologies 4,270 4,534 4,679 4,885r 5,041
Agriculture, natural resources and conservation 3,869 4,064 4,366 4,697r 4,791
Visual and performing arts, and communications technologies 3,991 4,239 4,377 4,592r 4,768
Other health, parks, recreation and fitness 4,996 4,400 4,539 4,477r 4,715
Nursing .. 4,267 4,422 4,558r 4,679
Humanities 4,336 4,342 4,364 4,525r 4,660
Social and behavioural sciences 4,041 4,165 4,251 4,431r 4,590
Education 3,373 3,545 3,652 3,739r 3,859
Graduate programs2,5
Executive Master of Business Administration .. 22,142 29,893 27,963r 28,773
Regular Master of Business Administration .. 14,545 19,376 19,727r 21,118
Other health, parks, recreation and fitness 4,649 4,305 5,092 5,430r 6,976
Business, management and public administration 14,879 5,225 5,760 6,175r 6,417
Mathematics, computer and information sciences 4,129 4,042 4,277 5,488r 5,670
Engineering 4,221 4,287 4,593 5,312r 5,505
Physical and life sciences and technologies 4,103 4,067 4,437 5,239r 5,432
Pharmacy .. 1,909 6,195 5,247r 5,411
Nursing .. 4,286 4,892 4,925r 5,107
Architecture and related services 4,153 4,068 4,293 4,672r 4,834
Visual and performing arts, and communications technologies 3,679 3,759 4,255 4,562r 4,806
Agriculture, natural resources and conservation 2,830 3,873 3,921 4,636r 4,773
Law 3,272 3,813 3,773 4,477r 4,633
Education 4,627 4,353 4,697 4,410r 4,533
Dentistry .. 7,187 3,171 3,218r 4,337
Social and behavioural sciences 3,579 3,709 3,990 4,109r 4,267
Humanities 3,531 3,460 3,767 3,979r 4,197
Veterinary medicine .. 2,774 3,338 3,357r 3,435
Medicine 6,976 5,811 .. .. ..
.. not available for a specific reference period
r revised
1. Tuition data do not include additional compulsory fees such as athletics, health services or student association fees. Using the most current enrolment data available, average tuition fees have been weighted by the number of students enrolled by institution and field of study. Foreign students are not included.
2. A major redesign of the Tuition and Living Accommodation Costs for Full-time Students (TLAC) questionnaire was implemented for the 2007/2008 collection cycle, when fields of study based on the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) were used. Executive Master of Business Administration and Regular Master of Business Administration previously included in the "Business, management and public administration" category were presented independently under the graduate programs; this change had a substantial impact. In 2010/2011, MBA programs were excluded from the national and provincial weighted averages to eliminate the impact of the high cost of these programs on the overall tuition fee averages.
3. The 2009/2010 data were preliminary; that is, they may have included estimates that were provided by responding institutions when final fees were not available before the reporting due date. These data have now been revised and finalized.
4. The 2010/2011 data may include estimates that were provided by responding institutions when final fees were not available before the reporting due date.
5. Residency programs in dentistry, medicine and veterinary medicine offered in teaching hospitals and similar locations that may lead to advanced professional certification have been excluded from the graduate tuition fees.
Notes: Since the distribution of enrolment across various programs varies from period to period, caution should be exercised when making historical comparisons.
To convert this current dollar data to constant dollar amounts for comparison over time, it is suggested that the September Consumer Price Index corresponding with the beginning of the university academic year (September to August) be used. For the index and further details on converting, see Table F.1.4.
For a brief description of this indicator, including the methodology, please see the Handbook for the Pan-Canadian Education Indicators Program.
Source: Statistics Canada, Tuition and Living Accommodation Costs for Full-time Students at Canadian Degree-granting Institutions Survey (TLAC), data released September 16, 2010.
Updated December 13, 2010.