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 if accompanied by documents indicating immediate accessibility of funds
  • Internet statements
  • 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 $28,500 $28,500 $19,000 $9,500
Living Expenses $32,450 $24,338 $16,225 $8,113
Other: Books & Supplies $1,468 $1,468 $979 $489
Total: $62,418 $54,306 $36,204 $18,102
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 $32,450 $24,338 $16,225 $8,113
Other: Books & Supplies $1,468 $1,468 $979 $489
Other: Health Insurance $3,573 $3,573 $2,382 $1,191
Total: $37,491 $29,379 $19,586 $9,793

Rady School Programs

Rady School (MBA only)

12 Months 9 Months 6 Months 3 Months
Tuition & Fees $49,811 $28,500 $19,000 $9,500
Living Expenses $32,450 $24,338 $16,225 $8,113
Other: Books & Supplies $1,468 $1,468 $979 $489
Total: $83,729 $54,306 $36,204 $18,102

Rady School (MSBA only)

12 Months 9 Months 6 Months 3 Months
Tuition & Fees $49,650 $42,900 $28,600 $14,300
Living Expenses $32,450 $24,338 $16,225 $8,113
Other: Books & Supplies $1,468 $1,468 $979 $489
Total: $83,568 $68,706 $45,804 $22,902

Rady School (MF only)

12 Months 9 Months 6 Months 3 Months
Tuition & Fees $68,470 $58,710 $39,140 $19,570
Living Expenses $32,450 $24,338 $16,225 $8,113
Other: Books & Supplies $1,468 $1,468 $979 $489
Total: $99,600 $84,516 $56,344 $28,172

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 $34,878 $34,878 $23,252 $11,626
Living Expenses $32,450 $24,338 $16,225 $8,113
Other: Books & Supplies $1,468 $1,468 $979 $489
Total: $68,796 $60,684 $40,456 $20,228
School of Global Policy & Strategy (MCEPA only) 12 Months 9 Months 6 Months 3 Months
Tuition & Fees $36,156 $36,156 $24,104 $12,052
Living Expenses $32,450 $24,338 $16,225 $8,113
Other: Books & Supplies $1,468 $1,468 $979 $489
Total: $70,074 $61,962 $41,308 $20,654
School of Global Policy & Strategy (MAS International Affairs only) 12 Months 9 Months 6 Months 3 Months
Tuition & Fees $41,556 $41,556 $27,704 $13,852
Living Expenses $32,450 $24,338 $16,225 $8,113
Other: Books & Supplies $1,468 $1,468 $979 $489
Total: $75,474 $67,362 $44,908 $22,454

 

Other MAS Degree Programs

Scripps Institute of Oceanography: 

MAS Climate Science and Policy

12 Months 9 Months 6 Months 3 Months
Tuition & Fees $41,000 $41,000 $27,333 $13,667
Living Expenses $32,450 $24,338 $16,225 $8,113
Other: Books & Supplies $1,468 $1,468 $979 $489
Total: $74,918 $66,806 $44,537 $22,269

Scripps Institute of Oceanography: 

MAS Marine Biology & Conservation

12 Months 9 Months 6 Months 3 Months
Tuition & Fees $41,002 $41,002 $27,335 $13,667
Living Expenses $32,450 $24,338 $16,225 $8,113
Other: Books & Supplies $1,468 $1,468 $979 $489
Total: $74,920 $66,808 $44,538 $22,269

Health Sciences: 

MAS Leadership of Healthcare

12 Months 9 Months 6 Months 3 Months
Tuition & Fees $32,930 $32,930 $21,953 $10,977
Living Expenses $32,450 $24,338 $16,225 $8,113
Other: Books & Supplies $1,468 $1,468 $979 $489
Total: $66,848 $58,736 $39,157 $19,579

Health Sciences: 

MAS Clinical Research

12 Months 9 Months 6 Months 3 Months
Tuition & Fees $33,458 $33,458 $22,305 $11,153
Living Expenses $32,450 $24,338 $16,225 $8,113
Other: Books & Supplies $1,468 $1,468 $979 $489
Total: $67,376 $59,264 $39,509 $19,755

Jacob's School of Engineering: 

MAS Architecture-based Enterprise Systems Engineering

12 Months 9 Months 6 Months 3 Months
Tuition & Fees $33,030 $33,030 $22,020 $11,010
Living Expenses $32,450 $24,338 $16,225 $8,113
Other: Books & Supplies $1,468 $1,468 $979 $489
Total: $66,948 $58,836 $39,224 $19,612

Jacob's School of Engineering: 

MAS Data Science and Engineering

12 Months 9 Months 6 Months 3 Months
Tuition & Fees $39,122 $39,122 $26,081 $13,041
Living Expenses $32,450 $24,338 $16,225 $8,113
Other: Books & Supplies $1,468 $1,468 $979 $489
Total: $73,040 $64,927 $43,285 $21,642

Jacob's School of Engineering: 

MAS Wireless Embedded Systems - CSE or ECE Track

12 Months 9 Months 6 Months 3 Months
Tuition & Fees $37,379 $37,379 $24,919 $12,460
Living Expenses $32,450 $24,338 $16,225 $8,113
Other: Books & Supplies $1,468 $1,468 $979 $489
Total: $71,297 $63,185 $42,123 $21,062

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
(updated 02/06/2019)