Cost and Financing

Getting your master's degree is an investment of more than just money. It is an investment of your time and energy. Finding out how you can afford to earn your master's degree is a challenge that the Master of Advanced Study program staff are committed to helping you with. Our staff is knowledgeable and familiar with nearly every type of corporate tuition assistance and sponsorship program. In addition to corporate tuition assistance and sponsorship, UC San Diego's Financial Aid Office offers assistance in getting financial aid in the form of direct unsubsidized loans and more.

The Master of Advanced Study degree programs at Jacobs School of Engineering are entirely self-supporting and receive no state funding. The cost of the master's programs includes all instruction costs, administrative costs, textbooks and course materials, parking costs, and meals.

Financial Aid

To be considered for financial assistance or direct unsubsidized loans, students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To receive priority funding, file your FAFSA as early as January 1, but no later than March 2. Complete and submit your FAFSA at UC San Diego’s school code is 001317. Once your FAFSA data has been processed and transferred to the UC San Diego's Financial Aid Office by the FAFSA central processor, you will be notified of your eligibility by the Financial Aid Office. UC San Diego's Financial Aid Office provides step-by-step application directions, downloadable forms, answers to frequently asked questions and more.



UC San Diego recognizes the immense sacrifice of our veterans, and our staff at the Master of Advanced Study degree programs are committed to helping veterans take full advantage of the education benefits available to them.

For more information on veteran education benefits see our page here


Estimated Costs

Per-unit costs and mandatory graduate fees can be viewed here > Current Academic Year > Self Supporting Degree Program fees (updated annually).

Projected program tuition for 2023-2025 is $37,620 ($990 per unit @38 units), not including mandatory graduate fees, which will be posted when available (mid-to-late summer).​​​

(1) Total program cost assumes student waives health insurance coverage from UC San Diego.
(2) Mandatory graduate student fees are determined annually by UC San Diego and subject to change.
(3) Figures for tuition and fees represent currently approved or proposed amounts and may not be final. Actual tuition and fees are subject to change by the University of California as determined to be necessary or appropriate. Final approved tuition and fee levels may differ from the amounts presented.
(4) Some or all instruction for all or part of the Academic Year may be delivered remotely. Tuition and fees have been set regardless of the method of instruction and will not be refunded in the event instruction occurs remotely for any part of the Academic Year.