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Public Leadership, MA

Financing Your Education

We are committed to helping our alumni begin their public leadership careers with minimal student debt.

Estimated Tuition

The estimated cost of the MA in Public Leadership program is $1,660 per unit for the 2024-2025 academic year. A total of 32 units are required for the degree.

The accelerated MA in Public Leadership program has an expected 32 units to be completed in the academic year.

The full-time MA in Public Leadership program has a minimum of 12 units required to be completed each academic year. Students typically take an average of 18 units in the first academic year of the year-round program and 14 units in the second academic year.

The number of required units each year may vary based on enrollment status. Program fees are subject to adjustment annually and tuition does not include travel expenses for the in-person intersession weekends. 

Please contact Madeline Meininger to discuss the specifics of the program.

Scholarship Opportunities

Public Leadership Scholarship

We award a limited number of merit-based scholarships to incoming students. These scholarships do not require a separate application; all applicants are considered during the admission decision process.

Newmark Fellows

Since the inaugural cohort started the program in 2018, more than three dozen students have received support through the Newmark Fellowship program, made possible by the generous support of the Craig Newmark Foundation.

Each of these students are veterans or military family members with a proven track record of service who are seeking to continue that service in their communities. All applicants for the MA in Public Leadership program who meet the service criteria are automatically considered for the Newmark Fellowship.

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Double Dons Scholarship

USF Alumni and current students can be awarded the USF Double Dons Scholarship upon admission. The scholarship covers 20% of the program tuition, and may not be stacked with other USF scholarship awards. Exceptions may apply.

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Utilize Veteran Education Benefits

Qualified veterans can receive full tuition reimbursement through a combination of G.I. Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program funding.*

* Based on current Post-9/11 (Ch. 33), Yellow Ribbon Program, and USF Tuition levels, which are subject to change.

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