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 2020-2021 academic year. 

For definitions of the registration categories listed below, please click here

GSAS students will not be permitted to register for more than 20 points per semester for the 2020-2021 academic year.

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 20 points)

$24,512

Extended Residence

$12,256

Matriculation and Facilities

$2,344

Tuition for Master's Programs

M.A. in Biotechnology and QMSS

Registration Category (students who entered the program beginning in Fall 2013)

Per Semester

Residence Unit (less than or equal to 20 points)

$34,986

Extended Residence

$13,306

Half Residence Unit (three or fewer courses)

$18,958

Quarter Residence Unit (two or fewer courses)

$10,958

M.A. in Mathematics of Finance

Registration Category (students who entered the program beginning in Fall 2013)

Per Semester

Residence Unit (less than or equal to 20 points)

$38,506

Extended Residence

$14,642

Half Residence Unit (three or fewer courses)

$20,868

Quarter Residence Unit (two or fewer courses)

$12,064

M.A. in Economics

Registration Category

Per Semester

Residence Unit (less than or equal to 20 points)

$37,016

Extended Residence

$14,074

Half Residence Unit (three or fewer courses)

$20,058

Quarter Residence Unit (two or fewer courses)

$11,594

M.A. in Statistics

Registration Category (students who entered the program beginning in Fall 2013)

Per Semester

Residence Unit (less than or equal to 20 points)

$38,506

Extended Residence

$14,644

Half Residence Unit (three or fewer courses)

$20,868

Quarter Residence Unit (two or fewer courses)

$12,062

M.A. in Statistics-Hybrid Program

Registration Category

Per Semester

Residence Unit (less than or equal to 20 points)

$38,506

Extended Residence

$14,644

Half Residence Unit (three or fewer courses)

$20,868

Quarter Residence Unit (two or fewer courses)

$12,062

All Other Master's Programs

Registration Category:  All Other Programs and students in Statistics, Mathematics of Finance, QMSS and Biotechnology who entered prior to Fall 2013

Per Semester

Residence Unit (less than or equal to 20 points)

$30,590

Half Residence Unit (three or fewer courses)

$16,578

Quarter Residence Unit (two or fewer courses)

$9,582

Extended Residence

$11,642

Per-Point MA Programs  (formerly Liberal Studies MA Programs)

Per Point

Tuition in the following Master's programs is charged on a per-point basis:

CONTINUING Students prior to the 2016-17 academic year

  • 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.

$1,776

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

Fees
  • Health and Insurance Fees
  • Other University Fees

Health and Insurance Fees

Health and Insurance Fees – Morningside Campus

Health Service Fee

Fall 2020 (August 15-December 31, 2020)

$610

Spring/Summer 2021 (January 1-August 14, 2021)

$610

Columbia Student Medical Insurance
(may be waived with proof of equivalent coverage)

Fall 2020 (August 15-December 31, 2020):
100 Plan

$1,400

Spring/Summer 2021 (January 1-August 14, 2021)
100 Plan

$2,276

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)

ON-CAMPUS

  • Students in full-time on-campus doctoral programs

$277

  • Students in full-time on-campus M.A. programs

$321

  • Students in part-time on-campus M.A. programs
$192

REMOTE

  • Students in full-time remote doctoral programs
$261
  • Students in full-time remote M.A. programs
$305
  • Students in part-time remote M.A. programs

$176

Student Activity Fee

$45

International Service Charge (nonresident students)

$110

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 2020-2021 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

$22,284

Personal expenses

$5,400

Books and supplies

$2,000

Transportation

$1,143

Additional Budget Allowances

Children

First child

$4,770

Each additional child

$4,105

Special Programs

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 2020

Degree

$16,872

Non-degree

$5,718

Advanced Standing

$12,660