Tuition and Fees 2019-20

This section allows for a quick scan of all of Columbia’s direct costs. These are fixed costs such as tuition, fees, and on-campus housing for the current year. Student status is calculated by the number of credit hours registered, where full time is 9 credit hours (5 in the summer). Part time is 8 or fewer hours in the fall/spring, and 4 or fewer hours in the summer. 

2019-20 Graduate tuition and fees Costs
Tuition costs See below
Application fee $60
International application fee $100
Graduation fee $175
Registration fee, per semester $50
Health Center fee, per semester $70
Activity fee, per semester $150
Technology fee (6 credit hours or more), per semester $150
U-Pass fee, per semester (full-time students only)** $153
Course Auditing fee*** $200
Thesis Continuance Course fee**** $500

*These numbers show tuition and fees for full-time graduate students. 

**Estimated cost for 2019-20; final cost is pending Chicago Transit Authority approval.

***A graduate student may audit an undergraduate course. While tuition will not be charged for the audited course, this fee will be assessed per audited course. 

****A student registers for 0 credit thesis and pays the Thesis Continuance fee when he or she has reached the allowable number of thesis repeats for 1 credit hour or greater. The allowable number of repeats varies by graduate program.

2019-20 Part-time graduate student costs Costs
Registration fee, per semester $50
Health Center fee, per semester $45
Activity fee, per semester $75
Technology fee (6 credit hours or more), per semester $150
Graduate Program Cost per Credit Hour

Master of Arts Management (MAM)

Cinema Directing (MFA)

Creative Producing (MFA)

European Devised Performance Practice (MFA)

$1,253

Fine Arts (MFA)

Photography (MFA)

Music Composition for the Screen (MFA)

Interdisciplinary Arts and Media (MFA)

Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts (MFA)

Journalism (MA)

$1,162

Civic Media (MA)

Creative Writing – Fiction (MFA)

Creative Writing – Nonfiction (MFA)

Creative Writing – Poetry (MFA)

Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling (MA)

Graduate Certificate in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling (Alt Route)

Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis

Certificate in Movement Pattern Analysis

$1,107

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