Tuition + Financial Aid

Tuition

Tuition for the MSC program for the 2017-2018 academic year is $51,669 for domestic students and $63,151 for international students. Tuition includes four quarters of instruction, course materials, and weekly lunches. Students provide their own laptop computers.

Fee Payment:
Students are billed $5,741 per credit unit at the beginning of each quarter with payment due before the start of classes. International students enroll in a minimum of 3 credit units each term, with exception to the final term of study, as per U.S. student visa (F1) guidelines.

“Like most professionals, my career was defined by changes in the business and market. The MSC program not only filled in the gaps created by such a career trajectory, it lit new paths for me given its rich and diverse curriculum: I took a new job within 16 months of graduation!”

– Sherry Kappel, Class of 2009


Funding

There are several options for funding the MSC degree, as shown below. The MSC program does not award scholarships, but students are encouraged to visit the Student Financial Services website for information about funding their degree. MSC is a part-time (half-time) program with full-time student financial aid abilities.
Self-Funded Students pay tuition directly with a combination of federal student loans and/or personal funds.
Federal Loans Students may work with Northwestern University’s Student Financial Services Office to apply for federal loans. After January 1, students can fill out a FAFSA (Free Application for Financial Student Aid) online, at www.fafsa.ed.gov.  Northwestern University’s school code is “001739”.  Once a student has been admitted to the MSC program, the completed FAFSA data will appear in Northwestern’s system, and after matriculating as an MSC student, Student Financial Services will send an award notice to the student’s university email address with instructions on how to view/accept/decline student loan funds.
Employer Funded Students with employers preferring to be billed by the university must submit a letter on organization letterhead stating that each term Northwestern University should bill the company directly for the MSC program tuition and mandatory fees. The letter must clearly state that the employer agrees to pay tuition regardless of the courses taken or the grades received. Please also specify the appropriate contact person’s name and telephone number, the address to which invoices should be sent, and the period covered by the authorization. Additionally, the employer should indicate any funding cap or reimbursement limitations. Send the letter to: Northwestern University Office of Student Accounts 555 Clark St. Evanston, IL 60208. Students with employers preferring to reimburse the employee/student (and potentially requiring the completion of the course(s) before reimbursement) are not exempt from payment due dates. Should the student require financial assistance to make payments by the dues dates, he or she should apply for financial aid.
Military Programs Eligible Veterans can utilize the GI Bill by attending the MSC program.  After accepting an offer of admission and notifying the admissions office that the student intends to utilize the GI Bill, MSC staff will contact the Registrar’s Office to begin the appropriate paperwork.
Fellowships and Scholarships The MSC program does not award financial aid or scholarships; however, students are encouraged to research various fellowship opportunities available to graduate students through Northwestern University’s Fellowship Office.
Note: The MSC program reserves the right to make changes affecting the policies, fees, curricula or any other matters referenced on this site.