York extends graduate tuition freeze until 2008

graduatesYork University will extend a tuition freeze on most of its graduate programs for two more academic years – 2006-2007 and 2007-2008, President & Vice-Chancellor Lorna R. Marsden announced yesterday.

Left: Most York graduate students will have tuition certainty for a further two years

“We want to give our current and incoming graduate students the certainty of knowing their tuition will not increase for a full two years after the current 2005-2006 freeze,” Marsden said in a statement.

The tuition freeze will apply to all graduate programs at York, except the following professional programs: Master of Business Administration (MBA), International MBA, Executive MBA, Master of Public Administration (MPA), part-time Master of Laws (LLM), Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM) and Master of Design (MDes).

Lorna R. Marsden

Right: Lorna R. Marsden

The Government of Ontario has frozen tuition fees across the province until 2005-2006 but has not yet announced its intentions with respect to tuition fees beyond that period. The government is currently working, in consultation with students, colleges and universities, to develop a new tuition framework to be in place for Sept. 2006. Several groups at York have been involved in these discussions and will continue to participate in the consultation process.

“As Ontario’s second-largest graduate school, we welcome the strong endorsement by the Government of Ontario of the future of graduate programs in today’s global knowledge economy,” said Marsden. “We are pleased to be an important part of that effort.”

“We are concerned about accessibility to these graduate programs and want to continue to recruit and retain excellent graduate students,” said Sheila Embleton, York vice-president academic.

York has one of the largest graduate programs in Canada and the second-largest in Ontario in terms of graduate enrolment, with more than 5,100 graduate students enrolled in 43 masters and doctoral programs delivered in York’s 10 faculties. Graduate programs span interdisciplinary and traditional programs ranging from education to history, nursing to social work, political science to earth & space science, and environmental studies to urban & regional planning.