The M.A. in Digital Studies involves a considerable investment of your money and time, and we strive to be open and honest about the expenses associated with attending the University of Chicago. The University also offers fellowship opportunities and loan options to finance your education.
Tuition, Fees, Expenses
Full-time students take three for-credit courses per quarter. Total tuition for a full-time M.A. Digital Studies student in the 2017-2018 school year is $55,836.
Students who have not taken both an approved University of Chicago course in Computer Science (CMSC 12100 or 15100 or 16100) and an approved course in Statistics (STAT 20000 or 22000) prior to starting the M.A. program will take one or both of the following courses in the Summer Quarter at the beginning of the program: DIGS 20001, Introduction to Computer Programming, and/or DIGS 20002, Basic Mathematics and Statistics. Total tuition for the Summer courses is $7,518. Click here to learn more about student health insurance premiums and other applicable fees.
A number of fellowships are awarded each year to applicants who demonstrate exceptional academic promise. These awards typically range from partial to one-third tuition. There is no separate application process for these awards and Fellowship recipients are notified of their funding package when they receive their admission decision.
Many students take out loans to help finance their education. All students interested in receiving federal grants, loans, and work-study funds should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
The Student Loan Administration Office is the best resource for information on student loans, whether federal or private, at the University of Chicago.
Since international students are not eligible for federal loans, grants, or work-study, financing an MA degree can be more challenging. The University of Chicago’s Office of International Affairs (OIA) has extensive resources for international students looking for financial aid. Additionally, many international students find funding through the Fulbright Scholar Program.
Students may also supplement their finances with student employment, though we encourage students to work no more than 12 hours per week. All students interested in participating in the federal work-study program should fill out the FAFSA.
While international students are not eligible for federal work-study, most can work on-campus. More information on international student employment can be found on the Office of International Affairs’ website.