M.S. Full Time Cost of Attendance | Columbia Journalism School

M.S. Full Time Cost of Attendance

The M.S. program takes ​9 ½ months to complete.

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

University Charges
Tuition*  $75,348
Health Services Fee $1,348
Medical Insurance $4,608
University Svcs & Support Fee $1,152
Document Fee (one-time) $105
Technology Fee (one-time) $1,200
Application Fee (nonrefundable)  $100
Enrollment Fee (nonrefundable) $1,000
TOTAL University Charges $84,861
Estimated Living Expenses
Rent $16,737
Utilities $4,589
Food $8,085
Books & Supplies $3,423
Transportation $2,373
Personal $6,615
Monthly estimated living expenses $4,182
TOTAL estimated living expenses for ​9 ½ months  $41,822
TOTAL Estimated Cost of Attendance $126,683


* Third Semester M.S. Documentary Program: The Documentary Program has an additional term of two months in the summer. The tuition, University fees, and living expenses are estimated to be an additional $24,000.

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 $205 for the Unsubsidized Stafford Loan and $1,730 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.

Guide To University Charges

The Journalism School tuition schedule is set by the University.

  • Students taking 1 to 11.5 credits in a semester are charged on a per credit basis.
  • Students taking 12 to 19 credits are charged that semester's full‐time tuition fee.
  • Students taking more than 19 credits in a semester are charged that semester's full‐time fee plus the per credit fee for each credit over 19.

Student Fees

  • Health Services Fee: A mandatory fee for access to the University Health Service Center.
  • Medical Insurance Fee: Payment for those enrolled in the Student Insurance plan.
  • University Facility Fee: Overall fee for use of its facilities, including the library and gym.
  • Document Fee: One‐time payment for transcripts. This allows you to get as many transcripts as you want sent from the Registrar's Office without further cost.
  • Technology Fee: One‐time fee for all of the technical services at the school.
  • Application Fee: One‐time nonrefundable fee for your admissions application; not applied toward tuition.
  • Enrollment Fee: One‐time nonrefundable fee to secure your place in the class; not applied toward tuition.