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Funding Your Graduate Degree


Competitive with other top universities, the tuition at USD is an investment in your future that pays for itself.

Financial Aid

It’s a good idea to plan out how you will fund your degree before you enroll — most students qualify for federal financial aid.

Additional Funding Options

Discover additional sources that could help fund for your degree.


Investing in your education is an important, life-changing decision. Here at the University of San Diego, we are invested in your success every step of the way. That starts with providing resources to help you gather all the information you need.

Additionally, having a conversation with one of our experienced enrollment advisors is a great way to get answers to all of your tuition and financing questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the tuition for the master’s degree programs?

Tuition for USD’s master’s degree programs is based on a per unit fee, which varies by program. The cost per unit is the same for international students or non-California residents, since we are a private institution. Please visit your program of interest to view specific tuition information.

Is financial aid available?

One of the University of San Diego’s highest priorities is to ensure that sufficient financial support is available to all eligible students. The first step in applying for aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at USD’s FAFSA School Code is 010395.

Visit USD’s Financial Aid webpage for a list of deadlines, requirements and instructions for applying for financial aid.


What fees are required for the program?

Online degree students are not responsible for the following:

  • Student health insurance
  • Health service fee
  • Student Association fee
  • Student Life Pavilion fee

Students in campus-based programs are assessed different fees; please check with your enrollment advisor for more information.


Are the University of San Diego’s online master’s degree programs considered full-time or part-time?

All of the University of San Diego’s online graduate degrees provide 6 units per term, making them part-time, or 3/4 time, programs.

If I am not able to secure financial aid, does USD offer other payment options?

USD also offers an interest-free monthly payment plan ($50 processing fee/term). Learn more about setting up a monthly payment plan. Note: Students are not able to use credit cards for payment of tuition.

Who can I talk to if I have questions?

If you are already working with an enrollment advisor, please connect with them for any questions you may have. If you are not, call us at 619-260-4580, or complete the Request Information form.

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Estimate Your Tuition

The tuition cost varies by degree program. For a more detailed breakdown of tuition costs, use our helpful tuition estimator to determine the total tuition for your program of interest.

We currently are unable to enroll students from your state due to regulations from the Department of Education specific to online education. This varies per program, please visit the state authorization status page for more details.

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Tuition amounts shown on this website, or in other university publications or web pages, represent tuition and fees as currently approved. However, University of San Diego reserves the right to increase or modify tuition and fees without prior notice and to make such modifications applicable to students enrolled at USD at that time as well as to incoming students. In addition, all tuition amounts and fees are subject to change at any time for correction of errors.