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 Up Front 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 Pro-ration, 2016-2017 Academic Year

Tuition pro-ration 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 Pro-ration.

Pro-rated 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 when they graduate.
    2. The student was registered for thesis credits as a regular graduate student in the term prior to the term when they graduate.

There is one exception to the 2nd 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 pro-ration will be a minimum of 50% of the total tuition if the thesis is completed any time in the first half of the fall term.

The date of pro-ration 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 2016

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 6-Jun 2,000 0 0 0.0%
1 7-Jun 2,057 8,693 2,314 12.5%
1.5 13-Jun 3,090 8,693 3,476 18.8%
2 16-Jun 4,118 8,693 4,633 25.0%
2.5 20-Jun 5,152 8,693 5,796 31.3%
3 23-Jun 6,180 10,429 6,953 37.5%
3.5 27-Jun 7,210 12,167 8,111 43.8%
4 30-Jun 8,240 13,905 9,270 50.0%
4.5 4-Jul 9,268 15,640 10,427 56.2%
5 7-Jul 10,297 17,376 11,584 62.5%
5.5 11-Jul 11,330 19,119 12,746 68.8%
6 14-Jul 12,358 20,855 13,903 75.0%
6.5 18-Jul 13,392 22,598 15,066 81.3%
7 21-Jul 14,420 24,334 16,223 87.5%
7.5 25-Jul 15,450 26,072 17,381 93.8%
8 28-Jul 16,480 27,810 18,540 100.0%

Fall 2016

Week Date SDM/IDM Early Thesis Completion Tuition Amount ($) SDM/IDM High Tuition Amount in Case of Withdrawal ($) SDM/IDM LowTuition Amount in Case of Withdrawal ($) Percentage of Full Tuition Charge
1 6-Sep 2,000 0 0 0.0%
1 7-Sep 2,746 4,633 3,089 16.7%
1.5 13-Sep 2,746 4,633 3,089 16.7%
2 16-Sep 2,746 4,633 3,089 16.7%
2.5 20-Sep 3,436 5,798 3,866 20.9%
3 23-Sep 4,118 6,950 4,633 25.0%
3.5 27-Sep 4,804 8,107 5,404 29.2%
4 30-Sep 5,491 9,266 6,178 33.3%
4.5 4-Oct 6,180 10,429 6,953 37.5%
5 7-Oct 6,864 11,583 7,722 41.7%
5.5 11-Oct 7,559 12,756 8,504 45.9%
6 14-Oct 8,240 13,905 9,270 50.0%
6.5 18-Oct 8,924 15,059 10,039 54.2%
7 21-Oct 9,606 16,210 10,807 58.3%
7.5 25-Oct 10,300 17,381 11,588 62.5%
8 28-Oct 10,986 18,538 12,359 66.7%
8.5 1-Nov 11,668 19,689 13,126 70.8%
9 4-Nov 12,358 20,855 13,903 75.0%
9.5 8-Nov 13,044 22,012 14,674 79.2%
10 11-Nov 13,736 23,180 15,453 83.4%
10.5 15-Nov 14,420 24,334 16,223 87.5%
11 18-Nov 15,104 25,488 16,992 91.7%
11.5 22-Nov 15,799 26,661 17,774 95.9%
12 25-Nov 16,480 27,810 18,540 100.0%

Spring 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 6-Feb 2,000 0 0%
1 7-Feb 2,746 5,798 3,089 17%
1.5 13-Feb 2,746 5,798 3,089 17%
2 16-Feb 2,746 5,798 3,089 17%
2.5 20-Feb 3,436 5,798 3,866 21%
3 23-Feb 4,118 6,950 4,633 25%
3.5 27-Feb 4,804 8,107 5,404 29%
4 2-Mar 5,491 9,266 6,178 33%
4.5 6-Mar 6,180 10,429 6,953 38%
5 9-Mar 6,864 11,583 7,722 42%
5.5 13-Mar 7,559 12,756 8,504 46%
6 16-Mar 8,240 13,905 9,270 50%
6.5 20-Mar 8,924 15,059 10,039 54%
7 23-Mar 9,606 16,210 10,807 58%
7.5 27-Mar 10,300 17,381 11,588 63%
8 30-Mar 10,986 18,538 12,359 67%
8.5 3-Apr 11,668 19,689 13,126 71%
9 6-Apr 12,358 20,855 13,903 75%
9.5 10-Apr 13,044 22,012 14,674 79%
10 13-Apr 13,736 23,180 15,453 83%
10.5 17-Apr 14,420 24,334 16,223 88%
11 20-Apr 15,104 25,488 16,992 92%
11.5 24-Apr 15,799 26,661 17,774 96%
12 27-Apr 16,480 27,810 18,540 100%

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 18th, 2016, and is subject to change.