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All participants in the MSES program are responsible for their tuition and fees in accordance with the schedules established by Northwestern.

The following fees represent tuition costs and program-affiliated expenses for the 2023-2024 academic year. (Prospective students: please note that any annual tuition changes are typically announced by the University in April/May for the upcoming academic year; this page will be updated accordingly):

  • Full-time tuition is $21,550 per quarter (due Nov. 1, Jan. 1, and Apr. 1) totaling $64,650 for the full program tenure.
  • Estimated cost of living is $7,995 per quarter (for room and board, books, personal expenses, etc.) Your actual expenses will vary depending on your living situation and circumstances.​  This estimate is the maximum value for federal student loan programs.
  • Student Activity Fees are $125 per quarter (covers the cost of unlimited public transit during the program)
  • Northwestern student health insurance is $5,144 annually
    • Northwestern requires all degree-seeking students to carry the appropriate health insurance coverage. Consequently, the University defaults each student into the Northwestern Student Health Insurance Plan (NU-SHIP) for the quarter they are admitted. 
    • Newly admitted students must confirm enrollment or waive NU-SHIP during that quarter’s open enrollment period. 
    • For additional information about NU-SHIP coverage, confirming or waiving NU-SHIP enrollment, or annual Northwestern insurance requirements, please see the Northwestern Student Insurance website
  • Student Health Services Fees are $266 per quarter (new fee for graduate students; supports recently improved and expanded health and wellness programs available to students)

Prospective students are highly encouraged to carefully review the Financing and Aid page for a breakdown of various types of financial support available.  Questions about student loans may be directed to the Evanston Office of Graduate Financial Aid, at