Tuition and Scholarships

Master of Public Administration

Estimated Tuition

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 2018-2019 year includes Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Intersession 2019, and Spring 2019. All tuition rates are subject to change.

Estimated Tuition for Fall 2018 Entrants
Program Estimated Cost Per Unit Total Units Estimated Total Program Tuition

Master of Public Administration
On Campus*

$1,170 38 $44,460

*On Campus and Online Programs: Students of the on-campus program begin studies in the fall semester. Online students are accepted to begin classes in a fall, spring, or summer semester. Visit for online-program tuition information.

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

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

USF Official Rate Page: Tuition and Fees for Graduates


The USF School of Management offers a number of partial-tuition scholarships to its Master of Public Administration applicants. Please complete the scholarship statement portion of the application and address your unique qualifications for these awards. Please contact us for more information.

Public& Administration Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to select MPA students that show exceptional leadership in government service and community management.

Lieutenant Barbara Hammerman Memorial Scholarship
Lieutenant Barbara Hammerman served the citizens of San Mateo with distinction for 21 years as a member of the San Mateo Police Department. She championed the rights and protection of the vulnerable in our society. Barbara was the trailblazer who fought courageously for women’s rights. She was the first openly gay officer hired by the San Mateo Police Department, the first woman in the County to ride on the motorcycle unit, the first to establish random Child Seat Restraint Checkpoints at schools, and the first to establish drunk-driving checkpoints in the City. She consulted high schools on drug trends, trained probation officers on signs and symptoms of drug abuse, and was the first narcotic's detective in San Mateo's history to receive the prestigious Narcotics Officer of the Year award. Barbara received her Bachelor’s degree in Law Enforcement Leadership from the University of San Francisco, and her Master’s in Leadership from St. Mary’s College. This award is given in Barbara’s name because of her commitment to leadership and to serving others. Additional application requirements are listed with the International Institute of Criminal Justice Leadership (CJL). Please submit the completed application packet directly to CJL.

Merit Scholarships

Merit scholarships are awarded to students who have demonstrated superior academic and/or professional achievements, and outstanding talent or commitment to extracurricular activities, community service, leadership, entrepreneurship. Merit Scholars should also fully embody the USF mission to change the world for the better.

Civil Servant Merit Scholarship
The Civil Servant Merit Scholarship is awarded to a student who is currently or was previously employed in city, state, federal or international civil service.

Community Service Merit Scholarship
In keeping with the university’s mission to educate for a more just and humane world, these scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to a limited number of students who have demonstrated meritorious achievements in community service activities in either paid or volunteer positions. International Merit Scholarships As an institution that greatly values diversity and global perspectives, these scholarships are awarded to qualified applicants from regions and countries across the globe.

Dean’s Merit Scholarship
The Dean’s Merit Scholarships are awarded to students of most graduate programs that demonstrate exceptional academic and/or professional achievements. No additional application materials are required.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Merit Scholarship
The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Merit Scholarship is awarded to a student who currently owns or operates or previously owned or operated a business or organization.

International Merit Scholarship
The University of San Francisco School of Management greatly values diversity and offers merit scholarships to applicants from regions and countries around the globe that embrace regular interaction with different cultures and societies. 

LGBTQ Merit Award
Awarded to an outstanding applicant(s) who demonstrates service to or achievement in the gay, lesbian, bisexual of transgender community. Applicants may identify as a member or ally of the LGBTQ community.

Financial Aid

USF Office of Financial Aid is dedicated to helping admitted students through the financial aid process. Contact USF Financial Services at (415) 422-3387 or at

Federal student financial aid information is available at 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.