Financial Matters

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.

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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.

RA/TA and Fellowship/Scholarship

Search the ESD Graduate Assistantship Job Postings for open positions (Certificates required).