Tuition & Finances

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Doctoral students in thesis-based programs like the PhD in Health Information Science at the University of Western Ontario have a number of places to access funding.

Financial information for PhD in 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 PhD 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 PhD students in good standing will receive a funding package consistent with Western’s Doctoral Funding Guarantee
Funding is guaranteed pending continuous full-time enrolment, maintenance of good standing in the program, meeting the required progression benchmarks, and acceptable performance of any employment duties, such as teaching assistantship.

Additional Funding Sources

Catherine Sheldrick Ross Doctoral Recruitment Scholarship
Awarded to full-time graduate students entering the Library and Information Science (PhD) or Media Studies (PhD), based on academic achievement. A committee in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies will select the recipients. At least one representative of the committee must hold membership in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. This scholarship was established by a generous bequest from Catherine Sheldrick Ross.

Funding for International Students

International doctoral students who meet the minimum funding average will receive the standard funding package plus additional funds through the Western Graduate Research Scholarship (WGRS). These additional funds are intended to reduce tuition normally assessed to international students to the rate paid by Canadian students.