Tuition & Fees

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Tuition and fees for the 2017–2018 academic year (including summer) total approximately $64,700. A complete list of applicable fees will be provided on a billing invoice. These fees are estimates and may differ from the actual cost of attendance.

Please note that living and personal expenses can vary and that these estimates are based on very modest accommodations in New York City.

Estimated Cost of Attendance (2018–2019 Academic Year)

Three semesters of tuition
(total tuition for the entire M.A. Program):
Fees (including health insurance and $150 fee for international students only): $7,500
Total estimated cost of attendance for the entire degree: $77,400

Health Insurance

Unless otherwise insured, all students are required to be covered by Columbia University’s Student Medical Insurance and are automatically enrolled in the Basic Plan unless it is waived with proof of existing coverage.


Columbia University Apartment Housing (UAH) is not guaranteed. The Graduate School reserves housing spaces for its doctoral students first and incoming M.A. students from abroad are given next priority. Applications must be received in a timely manner to be considered.

Admitted students who have accepted the offer of admission are encouraged to make inquiries into housing options as early as possible.

UAH consists of apartments and dormitory-style suites located within walking distance of the campus. Housing is available to single students, couples, and students with dependent children. Due to space limitations, UAH cannot offer housing to accommodate friends or relatives other than dependent children and spouses/partners or provide additional space to satisfy unusual work or activity needs. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.