2017–2018 Budgets and Costs for International Graduate Students (for I-20 and DS-2019 Purposes)

Information subject to change without notice.

Please note: F-1 students must show 12 months of financial support to obtain an I-20. EAP and J-1 students must show financial support for the entire duration of program.

Students accompanied by a spouse and/or children in a dependent status should add additional amounts indicated below.


Financial documentation

All financial documents must show funds that are easily available. Stocks, bonds, mutual funds, real estate, and the like, are NOT acceptable. Financial bank statements and/or bank letters must be less than 3 months old and include the name of the account holder.


Financial sponsors

A financial sponsor may be a parent, family member, or another person who will provide financial support. It is not necessary that a financial sponsor reside in the U.S. An individual financial sponsor may provide complete or partial support for the student, but the student’s total financial support must equal or exceed the total estimated costs.

Please be prepared to provide a statement of relationship should your financial sponsorship documentation list a person other than yourself. Although a formal letter or document providing verification of the relationship is not required for I-20/DS-2019 issuance, you may need to provide such evidence at the time of your visa interview. For those sponsored by a government, educational institution, or company or other business enterprise, a letter of financial support is required directly from the sponsor for your I-20 or DS-2019.

Graduate: All Ph.D. Programs 12 Months 9 Months 6 Months 3 Months
Tuition & Fees $33,400 $33,400 $22,300 $11,100
Living Expenses $26,200 $19,700 $13,100 $6,600
Other: Books & Supplies $1,500 $1,500 $1,000 $500
Total: $61,100 $54,600 $36,400 $18,200
Graduate: Master's (excludes Rady, GPS, MAS programs) 12 Months 9 Months 6 Months 3 Months
Tuition & Fees $33,400 $33,400 $22,300 $11,100
Living Expenses $26,200 $19,700 $13,100 $6,600
Other: Books & Supplies $1,500 $1,500 $1,000 $500
Total: $61,100 $54,600 $36,400 $18,200

Rady School (M.B.A. only)

12 Months 9 Months 6 Months 3 Months
Tuition & Fees $51,300 $51,300 $34,200 $17,100
Living Expenses $26,200 $19,700 $13,100 $6,600
Other: Books & Supplies $1,500 $1,500 $1,000 $500
Total: $79,000 $72,500 $48,300 $24,200

Rady School (M.S.B.A. only)

12 Months 9 Months 6 Months 3 Months
Tuition & Fees $56,500 $56,500 $37,700 $18,850
Living Expenses $26,200 $19,700 $13,100 $6,600
Other: Books & Supplies $1,500 $1,500 $1,000 $500
Total: $84,200 $77,700 $51,800 $25,950

Rady School (M.F. only)

12 Months 9 Months 6 Months 3 Months
Tuition & Fees $63,600 $63,600 $42,400 $21,180
Living Expenses $26,200 $19,700 $13,100 $6,600
Other: Books & Supplies $1,500 $1,500 $1,000 $500
Total: $91,300 $84,800 $56,500 $28,280
School of Global Policy & Strategy (M.I.A and M.P.P only) 12 Months 9 Months 6 Months 3 Months
Tuition & Fees $38,400 $38,400 $25,600 $12,800
Living Expenses $26,200 $19,700 $13,100 $6,600
Other: Books & Supplies $1,500 $1,500 $1,000 $500
Total: $66,100 $59,600 $39,700 $19,900
School of Global Policy & Strategy (M.C.E.P.A. only) 12 Months
Tuition & Fees $38,500
Living Expenses $26,200
Other: Books & Supplies $1,500
Total: $66,200
M.A.S. Degrees International Affairs (9 Months) Architecture-based Enterprise Systems Engineering (12 Months) Leadership of Healthcare (12 Months) Health Policy Law (15 Months) Marine Biology & Conservation (12 Months)
Tuition & Fees $43,100 $32,900 $31,400 $34,100 $39,100
Living Expenses $19,700 $26,200 $26,200 $32,750 $26,200
Other: Books & Supplies $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500
Total: $64,300 $60,600 $59,100 $68,350 $66,800
Graduate: EAP Reciprocity 12 Months 9 Months 6 Months 3 Months
Tuition & Fees Paid by UC EAP Paid by UC EAP Paid by UC EAP Paid by UC EAP
Living Expenses $26,200 $19,700 $13,100 $6,600
Other: Books & Supplies $1,500 $1,500 $1,000 $500
Other: Health Insurance $3,901 $3,901 $2,601 $1,300
Total: $31,601 $25,101 $16,701 $8,400

Please note: If you are accompanied by a spouse, and/or children under 21 years old, you must add the following amounts to the total required. 

Graduate Spouse and/or Child 12 Months 9 Months 6 Months 3 Months
1st Dependent $9,600 $7,200 $4,800 $2,400
2nd Dependent $4,800 $3,600 $2,400 $1,200

(updated 02/06/2017)