2019–2020 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. Financial bank statements and/or bank letters must be less than 3 months old and include the name of the account holder.

The following items are accepted as documentation of funds:

  • Checking account statements
  • Savings account statements
  • Term deposits (e.g., certificates of deposit) with a maturity date before you begin your studies at UC San Diego
  • Stock holdings or investment portfolios only if accompanied by documents indicating immediate accessibility of funds
  • Internet statements
  • Loan certificates/letters – must indicate your name and the amount of an approved loan. Loan applications alone are not accepted as proof of funding.
  • Funding support letter from department or government/educational institution/business enterprise (see “Financial sponsors” information below)

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: Ph.D. and Master's Programs (Including EAP/Global Exchange)

Graduate: All Ph.D. and Master's Programs (excludes Rady, GPS, MAS programs) 12 Months 9 Months 6 Months 3 Months
Tuition & Fees $32,309 $32,309 $21,539 $10,770
Living Expenses $24,236 $18,177 $12,118 $6,059
Other: Books & Supplies $1,371 $1,371 $914 $457
Total: $57,916 $51,857 $34,571 $17,286
Graduate EAP Reciprocity or Global Exchange 12 Months 9 Months 6 Months 3 Months
Tuition & Fees Covered by UCEAP or Global Exchange Covered by UCEAP or Global Exchange Covered by UCEAP or Global Exchange Covered by UCEAP or Global Exchange
Living Expenses $24,236 $18,177 $12,118 $6,059
Health Insurance $3,609 $3,609 $2,406 $1,203
Other: Books & Supplies $1,371 $1,371 $914 $457
Total: $29,216 $23,157 $15,438 $7,719

Figures subject to change without prior notification.

Rady School Programs

Rady School (MBA only)

12 Months 9 Months 6 Months 3 Months
Tuition & Fees $53,620 $53,620 $35,747 $17,873
Living Expenses $24,236 $18,177 $12,118 $6,059
Other: Books & Supplies $1,371 $1,371 $914 $457
Total: $79,227 $73,168 $48,779 $24,389

Rady School (MSBA only)

12 Months 9 Months 6 Months 3 Months
Tuition & Fees $63,898 $47,600 $31,733 $15,867
Living Expenses $26,806 $23,280 $15,519 $7,759
Other: Books & Supplies $1,579 $1,371 $914 $457
Total: $92,283 $72,251 $48,166 $24,083

Note: the Master of Business Analytics program fees are calculated per unit. Figures subject to change without notification. Please contact Rady School of Management directly for any clarification on fees.

Rady School (MF only)

12 Months 9 Months 6 Months 3 Months
Tuition & Fees $72,826 $62,519 $41,679 $20,840
Living Expenses $26,806 $23,280 $15,516 $7,758
Other: Books & Supplies $1,579 $1,371 $914 $457
Total: $101,211 $87,170 $58,109 $29,055

Note: the Master of Finance program fees are calculated per unit. Figures subject to change without notification. Please contact Rady School of Management directly for any clarification on fees.

Rady School (MPAc only)

12 Months 9 Months 6 Months 3 Months
Tuition & Fees $64,075 $64,075 $42,717 $21,358
Living Expenses $36,216 $27,168 $18,108 $9,054
Other: Books & Supplies $1,437 $1,437 $958 $479
Total: $101,728 $92,680 $61,783 $30,891

Rady School (Flex Weekend MBA)

12 Months 9 Months 6 Months 3 Months
Tuition & Fees $61,386 $50,174 $33,449 $16,725
Living Expenses $30,335 $23,280 $15,516 $7,758
Other: Books & Supplies $1,371 $1,371 $914 $457
Total: $93,092 $74,825 $49,879 $24,940

Figures subject to change without prior notification.

School of Global Policy & Strategy Programs

School of Global Policy & Strategy (MIA and MPP only) 12 Months 9 Months 6 Months 3 Months
Tuition & Fees $38,687 $38,687 $25,791 $12,896
Living Expenses $24,236 $18,177 $12,118 $6,059
Other: Books & Supplies $1,371 $1,371 $914 $457
Total: $64,294 $58,235 $38,823 $19,412
School of Global Policy & Strategy (MCEPA only) 12 Months 9 Months 6 Months 3 Months
Tuition & Fees $36,356 $36,356 $24,237 $12,119
Living Expenses $24,236 $18,177 $12,118 $6,059
Other: Books & Supplies $1,371 $1,371 $914 $457
Total: $61,963 $55,904 $37,269 $18,635
School of Global Policy & Strategy (MAS International Affairs only) 12 Months 9 Months 6 Months 3 Months
Tuition & Fees $41,756 $41,756 $27,837 $13,919
Living Expenses $24,236 $18,177 $12,118 $6,059
Other: Books & Supplies $1,371 $1,371 $914 $457
Total: $67,363 $61,304 $40,869 $20,435

Figures subject to change without prior notification

Other MAS Degree Programs

Scripps Institute of Oceanography: 

MAS Climate Science and Policy

12 Months 9 Months 6 Months 3 Months
Tuition & Fees $41,200 $41,200 $27,467 $13,733
Living Expenses $24,236 $18,177 $12,118 $6,059
Other: Books & Supplies $1,371 $1,371 $914 $457
Total: $66,807 $60,748 $40,499 $20,249

Scripps Institute of Oceanography: 

MAS Marine Biology & Conservation

12 Months 9 Months 6 Months 3 Months
Tuition & Fees $41,202 $41,202 $27,468 $13,734
Living Expenses $24,236 $18,177 $12,118 $6,059
Other: Books & Supplies $1,371 $1,371 $914 $457
Total: $66,809 $60,750 $40,500 $20,250

Health Sciences: 

MAS Leadership of Healthcare

12 Months 9 Months 6 Months 3 Months
Tuition & Fees $33,130 $33,130 $22,087 $11,043
Living Expenses $24,236 $18,177 $12,118 $6,059
Other: Books & Supplies $1,371 $1,371 $914 $457
Total: $58,737 $52,678 $35,119 $17,559

Health Sciences: 

MAS Clinical Research

12 Months 9 Months 6 Months 3 Months
Tuition & Fees $33,658 $33,658 $22,439 $11,219
Living Expenses $24,236 $18,177 $12,118 $6,059
Other: Books & Supplies $1,371 $1,371 $914 $457
Total: $59,265 $53,206 $35,471 $17,735

Skaggs School of Pharmacy: 

MAS Drug Development & Product Management

12 Months 9 Months 6 Months 3 Months
Tuition & Fees $31,656 $31,656 $15,828 $7,914
Living Expenses $24,236 $18,177 $12,118 $6,059
Other: Books & Supplies $1,371 $1,371 $734 $367
Total: $57,263 $51,204 $28,680 $14,340

Jacob's School of Engineering: 

MAS Architecture-based Enterprise Systems Engineering

12 Months 9 Months 6 Months 3 Months
Tuition & Fees $33,230 $33,230 $22,153 $11,077
Living Expenses $24,236 $18,177 $12,118 $6,059
Other: Books & Supplies $1,371 $1,371 $914 $457
Total: $58,837 $52,778 $35,185 $17,593

Jacob's School of Engineering: 

MAS Data Science and Engineering

12 Months 9 Months 6 Months 3 Months
Tuition & Fees $39,322 $39,322 $26,214 $13,107
Living Expenses $24,236 $18,177 $12,118 $6,059
Other: Books & Supplies $1,371 $1,371 $914 $457
Total: $64,929 $58,870 $39,246 $19,623

Jacob's School of Engineering: 

MAS Wireless Embedded Systems - CSE or ECE Track

12 Months 9 Months 6 Months 3 Months
Tuition & Fees $37,579 $37,579 $25,053 $12,526
Living Expenses $24,236 $18,177 $12,118 $6,059
Other: Books & Supplies $1,371 $1,371 $914 $457
Total: $63,186 $57,127 $38,085 $19,042

Figures subject to change without prior notification.

Graduate Spouse and/or Child

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

Figures subject to change without prior notification.

Figures subject to change without prior notification.

(updated 03/27/2019)