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*  $99,460
Health Services Fee $1,448
Medical Insurance $4,246
University Facility Fee $1,505
Document Fee (one-time) $105
Technology Fee (one-time) $1,200
Application Fee (nonrefundable)  $100
Enrollment Fee (nonrefundable) $1,000
TOTAL University Charges $109,064
Estimated Living Expenses
Rent $17,340
Food $8,376
Utilities $4,752
Books & Supplies $3,540
Transportation $2,448
Personal $6,852
Monthly estimated living expenses $3,609
TOTAL estimated living expenses for 12 months  $43,308
TOTAL Estimated Cost of Attendance $152,372


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 $212 for the Unsubsidized Stafford Loan and $1,607 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.