Tuition and Fees

SDM Tuition and Fees, 2019-2020 Academic Year*

Master’s Tuition
High (=> 37 credits) $29,500 per term
Low  (=< 36 credits) $19,700 per term
Core Only $12,000 per term
Thesis Only $17,500 per term
Certificate Tuition
Certificate Fall & Spring (each) $12,000 per term
Certificate Summer (Capstone) $3,000 per term
Certificate Upfront Payment $27,000
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 us at sdm@mit.edu.

Tuition Adjustment Dates Spring 2019

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 Tuition Proration, 2019-2020 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 the previous semester 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 2019

Week Date SDM Early Thesis Completion Tuition Amount ($) SDM High Tuition Amount in Case of Withdrawal ($) SDM Low Tuition Amount in Case of Withdrawal ($) Percentage of Full Tuition Charge
1 11-Jun 2,184 3,682 2,459 12.48%
1 11-Jun 2,184 3,682 2,408 12.48%
1.5 17-Jun 3,281 5,534 3,694 18.75%
2 20-Jun 4,375 7,375 4,925 25%
2.5 24-Jun 5,469 9,219 6,156 31.25%
3 27-Jun 6,563 11,063 7,688 37.50%
3.5 1-Jul 7,656 12,906 8,619 43.75%
4 4-Jul 8,750 14,750 9,850 50%
4.5 8-Jul 9,844 16,594 11,081 56.25%
5 11-Jul 10,936 18,435 12,311 62.49%
5.5 15-Jul 12,031 20,281 13,544 68.75%
6 18-Jul 13,125 22,125 14,755 75%
6.5 22-Jul 14,219 23,969 16,006 81.25%
7 25-Jul 15,313 25,813 17,238 87.50%
7.5 29-Jul 16,406 27,656 18,469 93.75%
8 1-Aug 17,500 29,500 19,700 100%

Fall 2019

Week Date SDM Early Thesis Completion Tuition Amount ($) SDM High Tuition Amount in Case of Withdrawal ($) SDM Low Tuition Amount in Case of Withdrawal ($) Percentage of Full Tuition Charge
1 3-Sep 2,917 4,917 3,283 16.67%
1 4-Sep 2,917 4,916 3,283 16.67%
1.5 10-Sep 2,917 4,916 3,283 16.67%
2 13-Sep 2,917 4,916 3,283 16.67%
2.5 17-Sep 3,649 6,151 4,107 20.85%
3 20-Sep 4,375 7,375 4,925 25.00%
3.5 24-Sep 5,101 8,599 5,743 29.15%
4 27-Sep 5,833 9,833 6,567 33.33%
4.5 1-Oct 6,563 11,063 7,388 37.50%
5 4-Oct 7,289 12,287 8,205 41.65%
5.5 8-Oct 8,024 13,526 9,032 45.85%
6 11-Oct 8,750 14,750 9,850 50%
6.5 15-Oct 9,476 15,974 10,668 54.15%
7 18-Oct 10,201 17,196 11,483 58.29%
7.5 22-Oct 10,938 18,438 12,313 62.50%
8 25-Oct 11,667 19,667 13,133 66.67%
8.5 29-Oct 12,390 20,886 13,948 70.80%
9 1-Nov 13,125 22,125 14,775 75%
9.5 5-Nov 13,851 23,349 15,593 79.15%
10 8-Nov 14,586 24,588 16,420 83.35%
10.5 12-Nov 15,313 25,813 17,238 87.50%
11 15-Nov 16,039 27,037 18,055 91.65%
11.5 19-Nov 16,774 28,276 18,882 95.85%
12 22-Nov 17,500 29,500 19,700 100%

Spring 2020

Week Date SDM Early Thesis Completion Tuition Amount ($) SDM High Tuition Amount in Case of Withdrawal ($) SDM Low Tuition Amount in Case of Withdrawal ($) Percentage of Full Tuition Charge
1 3-Feb 2,917 4,917 3,283 16.67%
1 4-Feb 2,917 4,916 3,283 16.67%
1.5 10-Feb 2,917 4,916 3,283 16.67%
2 13-Feb 2,917 4,916 3,283 16.67%
2.5 17-Feb 3,649 6,151 4,107 20.85%
3 20-Feb 4,375 7,375 4,925 25.00%
3.5 24-Feb 5,101 8,599 5,743 29.15%
4 27-Feb 5,833 9,833 6,567 33.33%
4.5 2-Mar 6,563 11,063 7,388 37.50%
5 5-Mar 7,289 12,287 8,205 41.65%
5.5 9-Mar 8,024 13,526 9,032 45.87%
6 12-Mar 8,750 14,750 9,850 50.00%
6.5 16-Mar 9,476 15,974 10,668 54.15%
7 19-Mar 10,201 17,196 11,483 58.29%
7.5 23-Mar 10,938 18,438 12,313 62.50%
8 26-Mar 11,667 19,667 13,133 66.67%
8.5 30-Mar 12,390 20,886 13,948 70.80%
9 2-Apr 13,125 22,125 14,775 75.00%
9.5 6-Apr 13,851 23,349 15,593 79.15%
10 9-Apr 14,586 24,588 16,420 83.35%
10.5 13-Apr 15,313 25,813 17,238 87.50%
11 16-Apr 16,039 27,037 18,055 91.65%
11.5 20-Apr 16,774 28,276 18,882 95.85%
12 23-Apr 17,500 29,500 19,700 100%

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 June 26, 2019, and is subject to change.