M.S. In Data Journalism Cost of Attendance | Columbia Journalism School

M.S. In Data Journalism Cost of Attendance

The M.S. in Data Journalism takes 12 months to complete.

See Scholarships and Financial Aid for information on financing your journalism education.

University Charges
Tuition*  $104,818
Health Services Fee $1,529
Medical Insurance $4,573
University Facility Fee $1,597
Document Fee (one-time) $105
Technology Fee (one-time) $1,200
Application Fee (nonrefundable)  $100
Enrollment Fee (nonrefundable) $1,000
TOTAL University Charges $114,922
Estimated Living Expenses
Rent $19,962
Food $9,640
Utilities $5,471
Books & Supplies $4,078
Transportation $2,828
Personal $7,890
Monthly estimated living expenses $4,156
TOTAL estimated living expenses for 12 months  $49,869
TOTAL Estimated Cost of Attendance $164,791


Dual degree students: Students in dual degree programs with business, international affairs, law and religion pay Journalism School tuition during their J-School year and the other school's tuition when in residence there. The cost of attendance for the dual degree with Computer Science is outlined here.


  • Lab and equipment fees for video and photography classes can run between $50 to $275 per class.
  • Students borrowing federal student loans should factor in average loan fees of $243 for the Unsubsidized Stafford Loan and $2,109 for the Graduate PLUS Loan. The average loan fees will be automatically added to the cost of attendance at the time of the loan certification. 
  • Students holding a non-resident visa will be charged an International Services Charge each term. This fee supports the University’s services to international students.
  • The estimated living expenses provide for a moderate standard of living in New York. During the academic year students may incur some unanticipated expenditures, such as unreimbursed medical expenses. We encourage students to contact the Office of Admission and Financial Aid as needed to request a review of their individual budgets for possible adjustments that may allow for additional borrowing through various educational loan programs. Please note that to help with the review, we will ask you to fill out a Budget Increase form and to submit appropriate documentation.