Contact & FAQs
For more information or questions, please contact:
Jennifer Bull (Program/Placement Coordinator)
Trent University (Peterborough Campus)
705-748-1011, ext 7130
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does the M.BEMA program cost?
Fees for the M.BEMA program are updated yearly by Graduate Studies (click here), but since the fees are on a per course basis, the full program costs for all 10 courses in 2022/23 are:
- domestic students (full-time) - $1,170 per course (Ontario students) or $1,241.25 per course (other Canadian students), plus ancillary fees ($195), TGSA levies ($105) and TGSA Health & Dental Plan ($475, opt-out available). Thus, the total for Ontario students is $12,000 (without H&D Plan) or $12,475 (with H&D Plan). For other Canadian students, the total is $12,713 (without H&D Plan) or $13,188 (with H&D Plan).
- international students (full-time), the cost is an additional $1,520 per course (international student differential fee). Thus, the total is approximately $27,677.
For part-time studies, the cost per course remains the same but half the ancillary fees are charged each Fall, i.e. each new school year. For 2022/23, the ancillary fees are $62 and TGSA levies are $52. If you are doing the M.BEMA part-time over 2 years (2 courses per term), the approximate cost is $2,454 each Fall, $2,340 each Winter, and $2,340 in the Spring/Summer term of the 2nd Year (Placement & Capstone courses). Note that there is no cost in the Spring/Summer term in the 1st Year, as you will not be taking any courses in that term.
How much does the G.Dip cost?
Fees for the G.Dip program are updated by Graduate Studies (click here), but since the fees are charged on a per course basis, the full program costs for all 6 courses in 2022/23 are:
- domestic students (full-time) - $1,275 per course (Ontario students) or $1,352.65 per course (other Canadian students), plus ancillary fees ($130) & TGSA levies ($70). Thus, the total is $7,850 for Ontario students & $8,316 for other Canadian students.
- international students (full-time) - the cost is an additional $1,779 per course (international student differential fee). Thus, the total is approximately $18,524.
How much does the M.Sc. in BEMA cost?
For full-time domestic students, the tuition and ancillary fees for the 2022/23 academic year is $9,103 (Ontario students) or $9,596 (Other Canadian students). For international students, the tuition and ancillary fees for the 2022/23 academic year is $23,396. Please refer to the Graduate Studies Research and Thesis Based Program Fees for a comprehensive list of tuition and ancillary fees, as opt-in/opt-out options for the TGSA Health & Dental Plan and transit pass will affect tuition costs.
Do I have to pay a deposit upon acceptance of my offer?
Yes, a $500 deposit is required from domestic students to hold your place in the program for full- and part-time studies. International students must pay a $2,500 deposit.
How are the online courses structured, i.e. pre-recorded (asynchronous) or real-time (synchronous)?
The online courses allow for asynchronous learning, with pre-recorded mini-lectures organized into modules that are released for each course bi-weekly (every 2 weeks). This allows you to go at your own pace, as long as you contribute to discussion boards and complete assignments, as required for each course. There are opportunities to meet with instructors via Zoom for class 'check-ins' or problem-solving sessions.
How do I find a supervisor for the M.Sc. BEMA program?
You should apply to the M.Sc. program with a supervisor that is interested in taking you on, as this will expedite your application process. Please visit the Faculty page to view potential supervisors and then follow the links to their lab websites for more information on available M.Sc. positions. If there are no current positions listed, you should contact the professor most aligned with your research interests to see if they have openings available.
Is there financial support for the M.Sc. BEMA degree?
Financial support is provided to all full-time M.Sc. students admitted to the program. Financial support comes from diverse sources, such as internal scholarships, external scholarships, Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs) or faculty research funds. Support levels are reviewed annually. Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for external scholarships (NSERC, OGS) on their own behalf during their last year of undergraduate or M.Sc. programs. Application deadlines for these and other external scholarships are typically in October or November. More information about financial support and scholarships is available from the Graduate Studies Office and through Trent University's Financial Aid office.
When is the application deadline?
The application deadline is Feb 1st, although we will keep accepting applications until the program is full.
Can I complete the M.BEMA or G.Dip while working?
We do not recommend working full-time while trying to complete the program full-time, as you can expect a full course load with 4 graduate level courses per term. Online courses are as demanding as face-to-face courses in terms of expected reading, online discussion participation and assignments (expect approx 10 hrs of work per course per week). If you plan to work, we would recommend applying for part-time studies, as 2 courses per term can be quite manageable for most students.
Are there exams for any of the courses?
There are no exams - all courses have assignments that are submitted online, as well as discussion boards that require participation?
When do I need to be at the Trent University campus in Peterborough for the M.BEMA degree?
You will need to be on campus for one week for the face-to-face Capstone course in the 3rd week of August.
Will there be accommodations & meals available on campus for the Capstone week?
There are accommodations in one of the residences on campus that is affordable at approx. $35/night. Meals are available through either Conference Services or through cafeteria (breakfast/lunch) and off-campus (dinner) options.
How much should I budget for the Capstone week?
You should budget for $400-$500 for the week.
What kind of visa will I need for the M.BEMA degree as an international student?
You will need both a Study Permit and a Co-op Work Permit for the 4-month placement portion of the degree if it is completed in Canada. International students will have to present their Letter of Acceptance to the Immigration Officer at the border upon traveling to Canada, you should receive both a Study Permit as well as a Co-op Work Permit. The Immigration Officer should check your Letter of Acceptance; specifically, section 24 and section 28 where it details that an “internship / work practicum” is a part of your graduate program.
Will I be eligible for a Post-graduation Work Permit (PGWP) after finishing my M.BEMA degree as an international student?
International students are not eligible for a 'post-graduation work permit' (PGWP) if they take this program, as it is mostly online. You can find more information here under 'Ineligible applicants', where it states that students are not eligible for a PGWP if they have 'completed the majority of the credits toward the completion of their program of study by distance learning'. Studying full-time, the M.BEMA program is a 12-month program, where students complete online courses (distance learning) for 8 months, or 2/3 of the program. In-person classes are not offered for the M.BEMA program.