Tuition & Finances

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Master's students in thesis-based programs like the Master of Arts in Media Studies at Western have a number of places to access funding.

Financial information for MA Media Studies students

Tuition & Fees

To estimate your expenses for a 12-month (three term) academic year, including tuition, visit the Graduate Student Affordability Calculator.


Tuition & Fees for the Master of Arts in Media Studies program are set by the University. For full information, visit the Office of the Registrar's Fee Schedules page.

Internal Funding Package

All full-time MA students in good academic standing at FIMS will be offered a minimum funding package of $12,250 for the year of registration. A typical funding package consists of a Graduate Teaching Assistantship (involving up to 10 hours of work a week) for the fall and winter terms of the first year. Funding is guaranteed pending continuous full-time enrolment, maintenance of a minimum average of 78%, meeting the required progression benchmarks and successfully performing TA duties. Terms of registration beyond the first year will not be funded. 
The funding package is designed to cover a substantial portion of a student's expenses for the eligible period of funding in his/her program. Funding is not provided in the summer term, so students will need to be prepared to pay tuition and living expenses for the summer.

Additional Funding Sources

Funding for International Students

Full-time international master's students will receive additional funds to partially offset the international tuition and ancillary fees for the expected duration of the program (1 year). Our funding package for international students does not provide additional support to help defray living expenses while enrolled in the program. International students are expected to cover living expenses and other costs from their own resources.