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ESTIMATED Program Costs

MPA, MAIR, MPA/IR and Public Diplomacy, for 2017-18

Below are the confirmed tuition charges and fees for PAIA's most popular degree programs, with estimated personal costs for graduate students in Syracuse. 

Tuition

Tuition is charged per credit hour.  The tuition rate for 2017-18 is confirmed at $1,500 per credit hour.  Tuition increases occur on May 1 of each year, which accounts for the higher tuition during the second summer and following semester(s) detailed in some programs below.  The estimated tuition cost for the 2018-19 academic year is $1,560* per credit hour. 

MPA

Most full-time traditional MPA students will complete their course of study in the following configuration:

Summer I  7 Credits (all core requirements)  $10,500
Fall I ** 12-15 Credits $18,000 - 22,500
Spring I ** 12-15 Credits $18.000 - 22,500
Summer II  6 Credits (all core requirements)  $9,360*
TOTAL TUITION    $60,360
*Based on projected annual tuition increase
** Most students will take 12 credits during either the fall or spring semester, and 15 during the other. The total tuition figure given assumes this combined 27 credit total in fall and spring.

MAIR

Most full-time traditional MAIR students will complete their 16-month course of study in the following configuration:

Fall I  12 Credits $18,000
Spring I 12 Credits $18,000
Summer I  7 Credits (two classes/capstone course)  $10,920*
Fall II 9 Credits (Internship/Global Program) $14,040*
TOTAL TUITION    $60,960
* Based on projected annual tuition increase

Joint MPA/IR (this configuration of costs also applies to MPA students who combine their degree with an MA Econ) 

Most full-time joint MPA/IR students will complete their course of study in the following configuration:

Summer I 7 Credits (all core requirements)  $10,500
Fall I 12 Credits $18,000
Spring I 12 Credits $18,000
Summer II 6 Credits $9,360*
Fall II 12 Credits $18,720*
Spring II 9 Credits $14,040 * 
TOTAL TUITION    $88,620*
* Based on projected annual tuition increase

Joint MAIR/MS PR (Public Diplomacy) 

Most full-time Public Diplomacy students will complete their course of study in the following configuration:

Summer I 6 credits (all core requirements) $9,000
Fall I12 credits $18,000
Spring I12 credits $18,000
Summer II7 credits (two classes/capstone course)$10,920*
Fall II12 credits$18,720*
Spring II9 credits (Internship)$14,040*
TOTAL TUITION $88,680*

* Based upon projected annual tuition increase

Joint MAIR/MA Economics 

Most full-time MAIR/MA Economics students will complete their course of study in the following configuration: 

Fall I  12 credits  $18,000
Spring I 15 credits $22,500
Summer I 7 credits (internship /one class/capstone course) $10,920*
Fall II 12 credits  $18,720*
Spring II 12 credits $18,720*
TOTAL TUITION  $88,860*

* Based upon projected annual tuition increase

Payment

Summer Sessions are "pre-pay" at time of registration.  If a student is paying with student loans, payment is deferred until the loans become available.  The fall semester is billed in early October, the spring in early March.

Fees

All students are charged two mandatory fees over the fall and spring semesters only. Fees listed below are for the current 2016-17 term with no or only modest increases expected for 2017-18
All graduate students must also carry mandatory health insurance. A university student health plan is available for students who are not covered on outside plans. Fees for this plan vary depending on level of coverage selected.  Most student-only coverage plans are around $2,250.  .  

Students in the MA IR program can expect to pay fees for their initial fall and spring terms on campus.  Students in the joint programs will pay fees for two years.

Student Activity Fee $40 per semester
Student Health Services Fee (NOT Insurance)   $361 per semester
TOTAL FEES (for one year) $802 per academic year

Living Expenses

Off campus housing is quite affordable in the CNY area.  There is a nice availability of housing near the University.  Many students share "flats" with others in the program and rents can range anywhere from $350 to $750 per month.

Students should expect expenses for books to range anywhere from $450-$700 per semester and up to $200 for each summer term.   

Given these estimates and cost-of-living data for Central New York, the department estimates a comfortable living expense at $1,200 per month for graduate students. Obviously, individual students will have different financial needs and expenses may vary from this estimate. Gauge your own lifestyle needs accordingly when planning finances.

For MA IR students completing their professional internship, costs of living will vary greatly during the affected summer and fall terms, depending on which US-based or global program the student selects.  Students may apply for competitive awards to assist with financing abroad internships.