Tuition Fees for Master's Degrees in the USA - Average Costs for Popular Subjects

The USA qualifies as a dream for international students, in terms of rewards and costs. The degrees offered by American universities and colleges are worldwide renowned and attract international students even if the duration of the studies differ from those from European countries. Graduating a Bachelor’s degree or a Master's program in the USA is also a great advantage since many of the country’s universities are famous for the brilliant academics throughout the world.

Tuition fees for your U.S. Master’s studies

How much is a Master's degree in the USA? When it comes to Master degree courses, tuition fees also vary depending on your chosen discipline. Since Master programs focus on research and the practical study of a field and involve a higher amount of laboratories and projects.

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There are differences between the tuition fees for academic and professional Master degree courses. The average cost of an academic Master's degree is around 20,000 – 30,000 USD/year, while the professional graduate programs have higher rates.

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Most affordable universities in the USA

Check the list of American universities with some of the most affordable tuition fees:

Of course, you can find more American universities that require a low tuition cost of Master's degree studies.

Tuition fees at top-ranked universities

Here is a list of average tuition fees at the top-ranked U.S. universities:

Online Masters from universities in the U.S.

Here is a short selection of universities offering online Masters in the U.S. in case you want to save up on travel and living costs and you just want to study remotely:

Master's tuition fees in the United States based on subject

In the USA, you may notice that there are differences between the average cost of Master's degrees that are specialized in certain fields.

1. Tuition fees for Business Masters

Business – average tuition fees of 40,000 USD

However, programmes taken full-time on campus at Harvard University or Stanford University could cost up to 120,000 USD.

2. Tuition fees for Engineering Masters

Engineering – average tuition fees of 20,000 USD

You can also find programs that have tuition fees of around 47,060 USD/year, at the John Hopkins University. 

3. Tuition fees for Law Masters

Law – average tuition fees cost around 20,000 USD/year

You can also find cheaper programmes, for instance, at the City University of New York where fees for law degrees are around 10,000 USD/year.

4. Tuition fees for Medicine Masters

Medicine – tuition fees are between 17,000 USD/year and 50,000 USD/year.

5. Tuition fees for IT Masters

Computer Sciences and IT – fees start at 2,000 USD/year and can reach over 40,000 USD/year.

6. Tuition fees for Humanities Masters

Literature, History and Liberal Arts courses usually have tuition fees of a bit below the 20,000 USD/year average.

7. Tuition fees for Education Masters

Education degrees are available at costs of 10,000 USD/year for international students.

8. Tuition fees for Social Sciences Masters

Masters in Social Sciences can cost from around 8,000 USD/year up to even above 60,000 USD/year.

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Scholarships for international students coming to the U.S.

Most universities offer financial assistance to international students focusing primarily on merit. Scholarships are easier to get for graduate studies. Study fields that usually receive more generous funding include engineering, physical sciences and biological sciences.

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Some examples of scholarships you can apply to:

  • Fulbright Foreign Student Program
  • Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship Program – mostly for Master’s level courses but sometimes the foundation also considers applications for PhD programs.
  • All universities in the U.S. are required to include fees and a financial aid calculator on their websites. Find them on the government website. Look for scholarships, grants, assistantships, work-study plans or consider study loans. Apply for financial aid the same time you submit your university application for U.S.

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