Tuition and Fees

SDM Tuition and Fees, 2017-2018 Academic Year*

Master’s Tuition
High (=> 38 credits) $28,370 per term
Low  (=< 37 credits) $18,920 per term
Core Only $11,560 per term
Thesis Only $16,810 per term
Certificate Tuition
Certificate Fall & Spring $11,500 per term
Certificate Summer (Capstone) $3,000 per term
Certificate Upfront Payment $26,000
Distance Fee
Distance Option $2,500 additional per term
MIT Fees
Mandatory Health Insurance
(May be waived if student carries other health insurance.)
Visit MIT Medical’s rate sheet for more information.
MIT Full-Time Definition
Full-Time Registration Visit MIT Office of the Registrar—Full Time Registration for more information.

* Tuition for the forthcoming academic year is set each April by the MIT Corporation based on a recommendation from Academic Council.

For more information or to inquire about specific tuition situations, please contact Triet Nguyen, Senior Financial Administrator at triet@mit.edu.

Tuition Adjustment Dates Spring 2017

If a change in credit load results in a change in tuition for a given semester that tuition adjustment will take place on the next of the following dates: 2/14, 3/14, 5/2, 5/12, 5/23.

SDM/IDM Tuition Proration, 2016-2017 Academic Year

Tuition proration amounts for SDM/IDM graduate students who complete thesis early or students who withdraw during the term are set out below.

SDM/IDM students must have fulfilled 24 units of thesis from spring 2016 or summer 2016 in order to qualify for SDM/IDM tuition proration.

Prorated tuition for early thesis completion will be granted only if both of the following conditions are met:

    1. The student has completed the required minimum 24 units of thesis credit in previous terms and is registered for only 1 (one) thesis credit in the term in which he or she graduates.
    2. The student was registered for thesis credits as a regular graduate student in the term prior to the term in which he or she graduates.

There is one exception to the second item above: For a fall term completion, if the student was not registered for thesis in the previous summer, but was registered for thesis units as a regular graduate student in the previous spring, the tuition proration will be a minimum of 50 percent of the total tuition if the thesis is completed any time in the first half of the fall term.

The date of proration is determined by the date when the thesis advisor confirms the work was completed, but cannot be more than 15 days prior to when the date is reported to the registrar.

Use figures from the line if the date is shown; otherwise, use figures from the preceding line, e.g., if the date is October 28, use that line, if the date is October 27, use the October 25 line.

Summer 2017

Week Date SDM/IDM Early Thesis Completion Tuition Amount ($) SDM/IDM High Tuition Amount in Case of Withdrawal ($) SDM/IDM Low Tuition Amount in Case of Withdrawal ($) Percentage of Full Tuition Charge
1 12-Jun 0 0
1 13-Jun 2,098 3,541 2,361 0.1248
1.5 19-Jun 3,152 5,319 3,548 0.1875
2 22-Jun 4,201 7,090 4,728 0.2499
2.5 26-Jun 5,253 8,866 5,913 0.3125
3 29-Jun 6,304 10,639 7,095 0.375
3.5 3-Jul 7,354 12,412 8,278 0.4375
4 6-Jul 8,405 14,185 9,460 0.5
4.5 10-Jul 9,454 15,955 10,641 0.5624
5 13-Jul 10,503 17,726 11,821 0.6248
5.5 17-Jul 11,557 19,504 13,008 0.6875
6 20-Jul 12,606 21,275 14,188 0.7499
6.5 24-Jul 13,658 23,051 15,373 0.8125
7 27-Jul 14,709 24,824 16,555 0.875
7.5 31-Jul 15,759 26,597 17,738 0.9375
8 3-Aug 16,810 28,370 18,920 1

Fall 2017

Week Date SDM/IDM Early Thesis Completion Tuition Amount ($) SDM/IDM High Tuition Amount in Case of Withdrawal ($) SDM/IDM Low Tuition Amount in Case of Withdrawal ($) Percentage of Full Tuition Charge
1 5-Sep 0 0
1 6-Sep 2,801 4,726 3,152 0.1666
1.5 12-Sep 2,801 4,726 3,152 0.1666
2 15-Sep 2,801 4,726 3,152 0.1666
2.5 19-Sep 3,505 5,915 3,945 0.2085
3 22-Sep 4,201 7,090 4,728 0.2499
3.5 26-Sep 4,900 8,270 5,515 0.2915
4 29-Sep 5,601 9,453 6,304 0.3332
4.5 3-Oct 6,304 10,639 7,095 0.375
5 6-Oct 7,001 11,816 7,880 0.4165
5.5 10-Oct 7,707 13,008 8,675 0.4585
6 13-Oct 8,405 14,185 9,460 0.5
6.5 17-Oct 9,103 15,362 10,245 0.5415
7 20-Oct 9,799 16,537 11,028 0.5829
7.5 24-Oct 10,506 17,731 11,825 0.625
8 27-Oct 11,206 18,911 12,612 0.6666
8.5 31-Oct 11,901 20,086 13,395 0.708
9 3-Nov 12,606 21,275 14,188 0.7499
9.5 7-Nov 13,305 22,455 14,975 0.7915
10 10-Nov 14,011 23,646 15,770 0.8335
10.5 14-Nov 14,709 24,824 16,555 0.875
11 17-Nov 15,406 26,001 17,340 0.9165
11.5 21-Nov 16,116 27,198 18,139 0.9587
12 24-Nov 16,810 28,370 18,920 1

Spring 2018

Week Date SDM/IDM Early Thesis Completion Tuition Amount ($) SDM/IDM High Tuition Amount in Case of Withdrawal ($) SDM/IDM Low Tuition Amount in Case of Withdrawal ($) Percentage of Full Tuition Charge
1 5-Feb 0 0
1 6-Feb 2,801 4,726 3,152 0.1666
1.5 12-Feb 2,801 4,726 3,152 0.1666
2 15-Feb 2,801 4,726 3,152 0.1666
2.5 19-Feb 3,505 5,915 3,945 0.2085
3 22-Feb 4,201 7,090 4,728 0.2499
3.5 26-Feb 4,900 8,270 5,515 0.2915
4 1-Mar 5,601 9,453 6,304 0.3332
4.5 5-Mar 6,304 10,639 7,095 0.375
5 8-Mar 7,001 11,816 7,880 0.4165
5.5 12-Mar 7,711 13,013 8,679 0.4587
6 15-Mar 8,405 14,185 9,460 0.5
6.5 19-Mar 9,103 15,362 10,245 0.5415
7 22-Mar 9,799 16,537 11,028 0.5829
7.5 26-Mar 10,506 17,731 11,825 0.625
8 29-Mar 11,206 18,911 12,612 0.6666
8.5 2-Apr 11,901 20,086 13,395 0.708
9 5-Apr 12,606 21,275 14,188 0.7499
9.5 9-Apr 13,305 22,455 14,975 0.7915
10 12-Apr 14,011 23,646 15,770 0.8335
10.5 16-Apr 14,709 24,824 16,555 0.875
11 19-Apr 15,406 26,001 17,340 0.9165
11.5 23-Apr 16,116 27,198 18,139 0.9587
12 26-Apr 16,810 28,370 18,920 1

SDM Program Associated Costs

Because SDM has a flexible design, with both on-campus and distance options, costs vary. Program-related costs can be broken down into three categories:

      • Costs associated with attending sessions on the MIT campus, including travel and meals
      • General housing costs, as needed (note that MIT has an excellent off-campus housing website)
      • Connection costs related to distance learning

In addition, each SDM student must have a laptop computer. The MIT campus is configured for wireless access. See MIT’s laptop guidelines for more information on recommended configurations. Visit eCat to find discounted pricing for Apple, Dell, and GovConnection (for Lenovo and others)—MIT certificate and network required.

All information is accurate as of July 18, 2016, and is subject to change.