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Your graduate program is an important investment in your future career. The Middlebury Institute offers generous scholarships and grants to make your degree more affordable.

The information below covers our 2024–2025 academic year (summer 2024, fall 2024, and spring 2025). 

For information on the previous year, visit our 2023–2024 academic year tuition page.

In-Person Programs

The following information is for our in-person programs. 

Remote, synchronous students studying in our normally in-person programs pay the same tuition as in-person students and have the same access to scholarships.


More than 95 percent of admitted students to our in-person programs receive scholarships.

  • Both U.S. and international students are eligible.
  • Middlebury Institute scholarships and our partner scholarships are only available for our in-person programs.
  • The sooner you apply, the more likely you will receive our largest awards.
  • You will only be able to calculate the actual cost of your program after you know your scholarship and financial aid decisions (another reason to apply at your earliest opportunity).

Learn more about scholarships.

Tuition: $10K to $20K Per Semester After Scholarships

Most students who request scholarship funding from Middlebury Institute during the application process pay between $10K and $20K in tuition per semester after scholarships.

Tuition Before Scholarships

The tuition costs are below (unless noted in the program-specific tuition section).

Academic Year Per Credit Semester (full-time) Year
(two semesters: full-time)
2024–25 $2,008 $24,092 $48,184
  • Tuition rates are subject to change in future academic years.
  • Part-time students pay the per-credit rate.
  • Full-time students pay the semester/year comprehensive tuition.

Program-Specific Tuition

Advanced-Entry for Nonproliferation and Terrorism Students and Advanced-Entry for Environmental and Policy Management who are required to take more than 32 credits:

  • You will be given a personalized degree map based on your professional and academic background.
  • If your degree map requires more than 32 credits, you will pay the advanced-entry full-time rate below. Otherwise, you will pay the regular tuition rate above.
  • 2024–25 academic year: the advanced-entry full-time rate for these programs is $25,811 per semester ($51,622 per year)

TESOL and Teaching Foreign Language

Online Programs: $850/Credit

For the academic year 2024–25, students in our online, asynchronous programs pay $850/credit.

For more information on online program tuition, visit our online programs’ tuition page.

Estimated Living Expenses

2024–25 Academic Year

Estimated Living Expenses Per Semester Per Year
Books and Supplies $150 $300
Housing and Food $9,068 $18,136
Local Transportation $735 $1,470
Personal Expenses $900 $1,800
Health Insurance*   -   - 

*Students are required to have health insurance during the entirety of their program. Visit our health insurance guide for more health insurance options and resources.

Full-Time vs. Part-Time

  • For billing purposes, full-time and part-time statuses only apply to in-person program students (including remote, synchronous students in normally in-person programs). Online, asynchronous students can ignore this distinction when it comes to tuition.
  • Students taking 12 or more credits will be charged the full-time rate.
  • Students who take 11 or fewer credits per semester will be charged at the per credit rate ($2008/credit).
  • Courses taken in the January term are billed as part of spring.
  • If you move to part-time, your scholarships and grants will be prorated.
  • To be eligible for federal aid as an in-person program student, you need to be enrolled in the following number of credits
    • 6 or more credits in the fall
    • 6 or more credits in the spring
    • 3 or more credits in the summer
  • Please be sure to contact your academic advisor if you are considering taking courses part-time.
  • Please note that if you take more than 16 credits in any semester, you may have to pay for overload credits in your final semester. Learn more about overload credits.

Student Fees

Both in-person program and online, asynchronous program students are charged student fees.

Student fees are only charged during the fall and spring semesters (J-term is considered part of spring). No student fees are charged during the summer.

Student Activity Fee

This fee is used to provide a number of resources, services, and activities for students, including the following:

  • Professional Development Funding
  • Business cards
  • New student orientation and welcome week activities and programming
  • Workshops on topics related to stress management, mindfulness, time management, team building, and more
  • MIcommunity, our digital community platform
  • Student life activities and programming including health and wellness education, free fitness and yoga classes,  support for in-person and online community building, and engagement programming
  • Funding to help support master’s program-specific events, resources, and more.
  • Veteran support services
  • Community building
  • Student Emergency Funding
  • Community initiatives and club funding

The student activity fee for the 2024–25 academic year:

  • If you’re taking five or more credits, the student activity fee is $85 per semester.
  • If you are taking one to four credits, there is no student activity fee.

Student Resources Fee

This fee is used to cover the costs associated with the TimelyCare service, a wide variety of other health and wellbeing resources and programming, and staffing for care management and health education.

  • The student resources fee is $150 per semester (starting in 2023–24 academic year).

Student Tuition Recovery Fund

California law requires that, upon your enrollment, a fee be assessed relative to the cost of tuition (Education Code Section 94342). These fees support the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF), established by the California Legislature to reimburse students who might otherwise experience a financial loss as a result of untimely school closure. Institutional participation is mandatory.

Personal Expenses

This student budget does not include all of the expenses you may have, such as credit card or other consumer debt and living expenses for a spouse and/or dependents. The category of personal expenses includes clothing, laundry, household supplies, and entertainment. You should prepare a personal budget to anticipate your total financial needs.