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Tuition, Scholarships, and Finance

For information on admission requirements and deadlines, please review the MPA Admission page.


Tuition estimates are based on the number of units required by each program and may vary according to the number of classes in which a student is enrolled. The 2015-2016 year includes Summer 2015, Fall 2015, Intersession 2016, and Spring 2016. All tuition rates are subject to change.

Master of Public Administration Tuition for 2015-2016
Graduate Program Cost Per Unit Estimated Total Units in First Year Estimated Tuition for 2015-2016 year Total Units Estimated Total Program Tuition
Master of Public Administration $1,110 18 $19,980 38 $42,180

Fees: Students pay a $25 AGUSF fee each fall and spring semester.

Tuition does not include required Student Health Insurance. For more information, please visit


The USF School of Management offers a number of partial-tuition scholarships to its Master of Public Administration* applicants. Please review the descriptions below to determine for which scholarships you may be eligible.

Graduate Community Service Merit Scholarship
In keeping with the University’s mission to educate for a more just social order, these scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to a limited number of MPA applicants who have demonstrated meritorious achievements in community service activities in either paid or volunteer positions. This scholarship does not require a separate application. Amounts may vary and scholarship awards are indicated in the admission letter.

Approximate Award Amounts: $2,500 - $5,000

Merit Scholarship
Awarded to graduate applicants who have shown exceptional merit academically and/or professionally. This scholarship does not require a separate application. Award amounts vary and any scholarship awards will be indicated in your admission letter.

Approximate Award Amounts: $1,000 - $5,000

Public Administration Scholarships
Awarded to Master of Public Administration students. No separate application is required and scholarship awards are indicated in the admission letter. Amounts vary and the scholarship is applied in increments at the time of the student's class registration.

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*Scholarships currently not available for applicants to the Online MPA Program.

Financial Aid

For information on federal student loans, visit or contact the USF Financial Aid Office at (415) 422-2020 or at You may also wish to visit the USF Financial aid website or review these helpful financial aid tutorials. The USF school code for FAFSA is 001325. We recommend that you submit your FAFSA as early as possible, even before an admission decision has been made.