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Due to the flexible nature of SDM’s programs, student costs for tuition and fees vary. 

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

Master’s Program 

2023-2024 Rates

High (course and/or thesis units totaling more than 36)$31,400 per term
Medium (course and/or thesis units totaling 16 to 36)$21,000 per term
Low (core only or course and thesis units totaling up to 15)$12,800 per term
Distance Fee (optional)
$0
Off-campus internship tuition$645 per unit
MIT Student Life Fee (on-campus students)
$203 per term ($406 annually)

These rates are effective from 6/1/2023 to 5/31/2024.

2024-2025 Rates

High (course and/or thesis units totaling more than 36)$32,400 per term
Medium (course and/or thesis units totaling 16 to 36)$21,600 per term
Low (core only or course and thesis units totaling up to 15)$13,200 per term
Distance Fee (optional)$0
Off-campus internship tuition$670 per unit
Student Life Fee (on-campus and local commuter students)$203 per term

MIT sets the rates for internship tuition and the student life fee.

These rates are effective from 6/1/2024 to 5/31/2025.

Your total cost per year will vary depending on how many terms (semesters) you take to complete the degree. We strive to keep the cost balanced across the entire degree depending on whether you are taking a high, medium, or low-credit option.

For general information on tuition and fees related to registration, please visit the MIT Registrar’s website.

Certificate Program

2023-2024 Rates

Certificate Fall & Spring (each)$12,800 per term
Certificate Summer (Capstone)$3,200 per term

Certificate students may also make a single upfront payment of $28,800 for the entire program, including both fall and spring terms and the summer capstone term.

These rates are effective from 9/1/2023 to 8/31/2024.

2024-2025 Rates

Certificate Fall & Spring (each)$13,200 per term
Certificate Summer (Capstone)$3,300 per term

Certificate students may also make a single upfront payment of $29,700 for the entire program, including both fall and spring terms and the summer capstone term.

These rates are effective from 9/1/2024 to 8/31/2025.

Health Insurance

The MIT Student Medical plan is included in the cost of tuition and covers most services at MIT Health. All students are also automatically enrolled in the MIT Student Health Insurance Plan which meets state and federal health insurance requirements. If you have private insurance (for example, through your employer) which meets these same requirements, you may choose to waive the cost of the MIT Student Health Insurance Plan. Learn more about MIT Student Health Insurance Plan rates and coverage.

Associated Costs

In addition to tuition, students will have costs associated with either on-campus or distance options. Program-related costs can be broken down into three categories:

  • Costs associated with attending sessions on the MIT campus, including travel, lodging (for distance students) and meals
  • General housing costs as needed 
  • Connection costs related to distance learning

MIT has estimated the following costs for the 2023-2024 academic year for students taking the on-campus option. Please note that these are estimates and will vary depending on housing (on-campus or off-campus), courses taken, etc. SDM does not have a required summer term, but if you plan to stay in the Cambridge area over the summer the 12-month cost may apply.

Expense9-month cost12-month cost
Fees$406$406
Health insurance$3,237$3,237
Housing$17,865$23,820
Food$7,095$9,460
Books, course materials, supplies & equipment$1,050$1,400
Personal$7,065$9,420
Transportation$2,571$3,428
Total estimated non-tuition costs$39,289$51,171

For more detailed information regarding these categories, including the explanation of each category, please visit the SFS website.

Additional Information 

Students may audit subjects as a listener for self-enrichment. These courses do not count toward degree requirements. SDM has set the following limits of units that may be taken as a listener:

High tuition: 36 units maximum
Medium tuition: 24 units maximum
Low tuition: 12 units maximum

For more information on listener status, please visit the MIT Registrar’s Office website.

SDM students who complete their thesis early or withdraw during the term may qualify for tuition proration.

For additional information or to inquire about specific tuition situations, please use our contact form.

Last updated 3/14/2024.