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Cost of Attendance

Cost of attendance in year one of Master’s Thesis Degree Program

Tuition: For the 2020 – 2021 academic year, full time tuition is $19,343 per quarter. A full-time master’s student would take three quarters of classes (fall, winter, spring), bringing the academic year tuition cost to $58,029

Tuition scholarship: All applicants to the Master’s Thesis Degree Program are automatically considered for a partial tuition scholarship, which typically covers 50-60% of tuition costs in year one. Students are notified of the award when they receive an offer of admission. After the tuition scholarship is applied, students will typically pay between $22,000 to $28,000 in tuition during year one of the program.

Healthcare: Students are required to have health insurance, either through the Northwestern Student Health Insurance Plan (NU-SHIP) or the student’s own health insurance carrier. In year one, master’s students receive a 50% subsidy for NU-SHIP.

Student activity fee: approximately $125 each quarter. It covers a variety of services including a U-Pass for public transportation with the CTA (Chicago Transportation Authority)

Housing: There are a range of housing opportunities on and off campus. Students frequently live in Evanston or Chicago.

Cost of attendance in year two of the Master’s Thesis Degree Program

Tuition: In year two, students are no longer taking classes and do not pay tuition. They register for TGS 512, which carries a $100/quarter fee (fall, winter, spring = $300 in total). 

Healthcare: Students are required to have health insurance, either through the Northwestern Student Health Insurance Plan (NU-SHIP) or the student’s own health insurance carrier. In year two, since master’s students are not paying tuition, they no longer receive a 50% subsidy for NU-SHIP.

Student activity fee: In year two, since master’s students are not paying tuition, they no longer pay the activity fee and do not receive a U-Pass.

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