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Northwestern MSC Tuition and Financial Aid

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Academic Year 2024-2025 Tuition *

MSC students pay $6,956 per course. Half-time students will complete 9 courses to earn their degree and full-time students will complete 11 courses.

Full-time international students enroll in a minimum of 3 credit units each term, except the final term of study as per U.S. student visa (F1) guidelines.

Additionally, be sure to check out Common Fees and Payment Due Dates on the Northwestern Student Finance pages. 

* Tuition is set during the summer quarter for the subsequent academic year. Tuition increases will be posted as soon as they are finalized. More information on tuition and billing can be found on the Student Finance website

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Funding Your MSC Degree

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MSC Scholarship

A limited number of scholarships are available to U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents. Please see below for further details.

Explore scholarship opportunities to find scholarships to fund your program.

Apply for federal loans by working with Student Financial Services and filling out the FAFSA.

Employer Funded

Seek the support of your employer in funding your continuing professional education.

Military Funded

Use the GI Bill or Yellow Ribbon provisions to earn your Masters in Communication from Northwestern University.

MSC Scholarship

Limited program assistance is now available.

The MSC program will award scholarships based on the strength of your application and demonstrated financial need. Scholarships will apply towards tuition costs for Academic Year 2024-2025.

  • Eligibility: U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
  • Admitted Student Status: Only accepted students will be considered
  • Financial Need: To be considered for tuition assistance, applicants must submit their FAFSA
  • Delivery Model – MSC tuition assistance is available for both the CLP and OLP delivery models
  • Amount: Amounts will range from 3% – 8% of your total tuition and will apply towards tuition costs for Academic Year 2024-2025

Federal Student Loans

Obtain Federal Funding for Your MSC Degree

Connect with Northwestern University’s Student Financial Services Office to apply for federal loans.

Visit Student Financial Services

Work with the financial experts in Student Financial Services to apply for federal funding and make a plan that makes financial sense to you and your family.

Submit My FAFSA Application

After January 1, you may submit your FAFSA (Free Application for Financial Student Aid) online using the Northwestern University school code ‘001739’.

Employer Support

Use Tuition Reimbursement Benefits For Your MSC Degree

In the MSC, you’ll learn skills valuable to your current organization. Leverage your employee benefits to fund you degree — or ask your employer for support.

  • Direct Employer Billing – Submit a letter on your organization letterhead where your employer stated they prefer to be billed directly each term.
  • Tuition Reimbursement – Employers may choose to reimburse you separately. In this event, you must still meet all payment due dates and may need to apply for financial assistance.
A student raises her hand during the Custom Leadership Program as a part of Northwestern University's Master of Science in Communication
Sam Wijeyakumar

“I came geared up for this program because it was going to help my nonprofit, but it helped everything. It helped me as a person. All avenues of my life got better. And when a leader gets better, everyone wins.”

Sam Wijeyakumar 

2019 MSC Alumni


Military Programs

Maximize Your GI Bill Benefits

Use your GI Bill and/or Yellow Ribbon benefits to attend the MSC program. Once you have received and accept an offer of admission, notify the Financial Aid office you intend to use the GI Bill.

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