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Your graduate program is an important investment in your future career.

Be sure to look into our merit and need-based scholarships and financial aid to help you cover your costs. Nearly 90 percent of our students receive scholarships. The sooner you apply, the sooner you will know about your scholarship and financial aid information allowing you to calculate the actual cost of your program. 

2018–19 Academic Year

The following final cost of attendance applies only to students who are registered for 11–16 credits in the fall or spring semester of the 2018–19 academic year. Tuition rates are subject to change in future academic years:

Tuition and Fees Per Year Per Semester
Tuition $40,778 $20,389
Student Activity Fee $170 $85
Total $40,948 $20,474
Estimated Living Expenses Per Year Per Semester
Books and Supplies $900 $450
Housing and Food $15,076 $7,538
Local Transportation $1,126 $563
Personal Expenses $1,800 $900
Health Insurance* 
(new students)
$5,202 (incl. summer) $2,601
Health Insurance* 
(returning students)
$5,132 (incl. summer) $2,566

*Students are not required to enroll in the Institute health insurance plan but are required to have health insurance. Visit our health insurance guide for more health insurance options with a wide range of costs.

2018–19 Academic Year: Advanced Entry Student

The following cost of attendance applies only to students enrolled for two semesters or 36 credits total in the following programs:

  • International Environmental Policy
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
  • International Policy and Development
  • Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies 

Tuition rates are subject to change in future academic years:

Tuition and Fees Per Year Per Semester
Tuition $43,688 $21,844
Student Activity Fee $170 $85
Total $43,858 $21,929

Full-Time vs. Part-Time

Full-Time Tuition

The per credit rate is $1,941. Students who pay full-time tuition are entitled to take between 11 and 16 credits each semester. Students who wish to take more credits can do the following:

  • Pay for the additional credit at the current per credit rate, or

  • Defer the overload credits to a subsequent semester in which they pay full-time tuition and take fewer than 16 credits.

Part-Time Tuition

Students who take 10 or fewer credits per semester will be charged at the per credit rate. Students taking 11 or more credits will be charged the comprehensive fee.

Student Fees

Student Activity Fee

If you're taking five or more credits each semester, you will be charged an $80 student activity fee. This fee helps to fund Student Council as well as activities and resources to enhance your student life experience.

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. STRF fees are $.50 per $1,000 of tuition. Institutional participation is mandatory.

Late Fees

If your tuition and fees are not paid in full by the fourth week of school, you will be assessed a $250 late fee. This late fee does not apply to students who are fully funded by a third party as long as the bursar is aware of the situation.

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.