Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism

Tuition and Financial Support

The Theory Centre aims to provide every qualified student offered admission to the program with sufficient financial resources to accept their offer. 

Full-time students in Theory and Criticism are guaranteed a minimum financial support package -- funding is awarded automatically and no application is required. This support package may consist of a combination of a Graduate Research Scholarship and a Graduate Teaching Assistantship. The financial package is designed to cover a substantial portion of a student's expenses for the eligible period of funding, and may be adjusted based on external awards and overall levels of student support.

Master's students are eligible for financial support for the first six terms (two years) of full-time registration. 

Doctoral students are eligible for financial support for the first twelve terms (four years) of full-time registration. The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies provides a university-wide minimum funding guarantee to full-time PhD students of at least the cost of tuition plus $12,000 per year.

In addition to these sources of program support, students are encouraged to apply to external sources. The School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies provides additional information on funding opportunities which can be found here. During their period of fundabilty, students must apply for any external awards (OGS, SSHRC) for which they are eligible.


Tuition fees are automatically paid from student's Graduate Research Scholarship. For the most current information about tuition and fees for domestic and international graduate students at Western, click here.