Students

Cost of Attendance

 

When making your financial plans, it is necessary to consider tuition and fees as well as living expenses in estimating the overall cost of attendance (COA). The following is the estimated cost of attendance for the 2015-2016 academic year.

For the estimated cost of attendance for the 2016-2017 academic year, please click here.

Academic Year 2015-2016

Tuition for Doctoral Programs

Please note that students enrolled on student visas are required to register as full-time students.

Registration Category Per Semester
Residence Unit (less than or equal to 18 points)
Students who register for more than 18 points will be charged $21,140 + $1,544 per point, for each point beyond 18 points.
$21,140
Extended Residence $10,570
Matriculation and Facilities $1,948

Tuition for Master's Programs

M.A. in Biotechnology, M.A. in QMSS

Registration Category Per Semester
Residence Unit (less than or equal to 18 points)
Students who register for more than 18 points will be charged $27,408 + $1,544 per point, for each point beyond 18 points.
$27,408
Extended Residence $10,422
Half Residence Unit (three or fewer courses) $14,850
Quarter Residence Unit (two or fewer courses) $8,582

M.A. in Mathematics of Finance

Registration Category Per Semester
Residence Unit (less than or equal to 18 points)
Students who register for more than 18 points will be charged $30,166 + $1,544 per point, for each point beyond 18 points.
$30,166
Extended Residence $11,470
Half Residence Unit (three or fewer courses) $16,346
Quarter Residence Unit (two or fewer courses) $9,444

M.A. in Statistics, M.A. in Economics

Registration Category Per Semester
Residence Unit (less than or equal to 18 points)
Students who register for more than 18 points will be charged $28,786 + $1,544 per point, for each point beyond 18 points.
$28,786
Extended Residence $10,944
Half Residence Unit (three or fewer courses) $15,598
Quarter Residence Unit (two or fewer courses) $9,012

M.A. in Statistics (Hybrid Online/On-Campus Program)

Registration Category Per Semester
Residence Unit (less than or equal to 18 points of course credit)
Students who register for more than 18 points will be charged $28,786 + $1,544 per point, for each point beyond 18 points.
$28,786
Extended Residence $10,944
Three-Quarters Residence Unit (9 points of course credit) $21,592
Half Residence Unit (6 points of course credit) $14,394
Quarter Residence Unit (3 points of course credit) $7,198

All Other Master's Programs

Registration Category Per Semester
Residence Unit (less than or equal to 18 points)
Students who register for more than 18 points will be charged $24,650 + $1,544 per point, for each point beyond 18 points.
$24,650
Half Residence Unit (three or fewer courses) $13,356
Quarter Residence Unit (two or fewer courses) $7,718
Extended Residence $9,378
Per-Point Programs Per Point
Tuition in the following Master's programs is charged on a per-point basis:
  • American Studies
  • Human Rights Studies
  • Islamic Studies
  • Jewish Studies
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Modern European Studies
  • South Asian Studies


Please note:
beginning fall 2016, the tuition for new students in all Master's programs will follow the registration model of the Residence Unit. Only continuing students in programs that formerly used the per-point registration model will be able to continue to pay per-point. Tuition rates for the 2016-2017 academic year will be posted in June 2016.

$1,498
Special Programs
For information about the programs in International and World History and Japanese Pedagogy, see below.

Fees

Health and Insurance Fees

Health and Insurance Fees – Morningside Campus
Health Service Fee
Fall 2015 (August 15 - December 31, 2015) $475
Spring/Summer 2016 (January 1 - August 14, 2016) $475
Columbia Student Medical Insurance
(may be waived with proof of equivalent coverage)
Fall 2015 (August 15 - December 31, 2015):
Gold Level
Platinum Level
$1,057
$1,539
Spring/Summer 2016 (January 1 - August 14, 2016)
Gold Level 
Platinum Level
$1,726
$2,510
Health and Insurance Fees – Medical Center Campus
Health Service Fee
TBD TBD
Columbia Student Medical Insurance
(may be waived with proof of equivalent coverage)
TBD TBD

Other University Fees

Per-Semester Fees
Fee Name Per Semester
University Facilities Fee
(provides access to the facilities at the Dodge Physical Fitness Center and Lerner Hall and supports enhancements for the libraries and computer networks)
—   Students in full-time doctoral programs, except students registered in Matriculation and Facilities
$448
—   Students in full-time M.A. programs
$484
—   Students in part-time M.A. programs
$273
Student Activity Fee $25
International Service Charge (nonresident students) $60
CUMC Network Fee (Medical Center campus only) TBD
One-Time Fees
Document Fee (charged only in your first semester of enrollment) $105

Living Expenses

The following table lists estimated living expenses based upon reasonable expenditures over the 9-month 2015-2016 academic year. Students may incur additional expenses that are not covered by the standard COA, such as the purchase of a computer, medical expenses not covered by insurance, conference expenses, etc.

Room and Board $18,252
Personal expenses $3,626
Books and supplies $2,000

Additional Budget Allowances

Children

First child $4,770
Each additional child $4,105

Special Programs

International and World History (London)

In the first year of the program at Columbia, students will be charged the tuition rates listed above in the All Other Master's Programs section.

In the second year of the program at the London School of Economics, students will be charged LSE tuition rates.

Summer M.A. Program in Japanese Pedagogy

Tuition for Summer 2015

Degree $13,484
Non-degree $4,570
Advanced Standing $10,118

A "modest, but adequate" philosophy guides the development of Columbia University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Cost of Attendance (COA). However, if you have legitimate and reasonable education-related expenses causing you to exceed the approved student budget, you are permitted to request a budget adjustment, the form for which is available at the GSAS Office of Financial Aid, 107 Low Memorial Library. Please note: Submitting a budget appeal request does not guarantee that an adjustment will be made.