Goldman School of Public Policy - University of California, Berkeley

Tuition and Financial Assistance

Master of Public Affairs (MPA)

Invest in the Berkeley MPA to accelerate your career, expand your networks, and achieve your professional goals.

The total, required academic fees for the full MPA program in 2017-18 are estimated to be $58,729. This is composed of the $56,804 program fee and an estimated $1,925 in campus fees.

In addition, students can expect to pay for books, health insurance*, housing, transportation, and other personal costs.  The University’s cost-of-attendance estimates for graduate students in 2016-17 are as follows:

MPA Estimated Cost of Attendance

    Summer '17 Fall '17 Spring '18
Required Fees Program Fee $56,804
Campus Fees $1,925
Total $58,729
Estimated Additional Costs Books $462 $198 $231
SHIP* $924 $2,231 $2,231
Housing $4,400 $6,309 $6,309
Food $2,491 $3,569 $3,569
Personal $1,056 $1,510 $1,510
Transportation $546 $774 $774


Amounts will vary for additional costs.  For instance, housing costs differ depending on neighborhoods, types of housing, and the degree to which housing is shared. Students who will attend with their families should expect to augment any budget estimates by at least 35% for an accompanying spouse and 20% for each child.  Students who choose to split the Summer Core term over two summers, will incur additional campus fees, health insurance fees, and other personal costs.

*The University requires that all students have major medical insurance, and provides the Berkeley Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) to meet this requirement. For complete information, please visit the SHIP Website

  • All MPA students will be automatically enrolled in SHIP for the all three academic terms of the degree program. 
  • Students who have comparable insurance coverage may apply for a waiver from SHIP enrollment (and fees).  In order to waive SHIP, you must be enrolled in a medical health insurance plan that meets ALL of the waiver criteria guidelines of UC Berkeley for the entire SHIP term.  Please note that the waiver criteria may be updated throughout the year. You must meet the waiver criteria in place at the time of your waiver submission to be waived out of SHIP.
  • For MPA students who will complete the Fall and Spring term online from their home countries, waiver requests will be reviewed by University Health Services on a case by case basis and students should expect that the waiver criteria still applies and must be met in order to waive out of SHIP service and fees. 


Prior Year Fees

2016-2017 Academic Fees


All fees are subject to change. The tuition, fees, and charges posted here are estimates based on currently approved amounts. These figures may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by State funding reductions. Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus a student’s final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown.