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Continuing your education is a sound investment in your future. As a mid-career professional, you have many responsibilities and the decision to pursue a graduate degree is an important one.


The total, required academic fees for the full MPA program in 2019-20 are estimated to be $62,252.

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 2019-20 are as follows:

MPA Estimated Cost of Attendance 2019-20

  Summer '19Fall '19Spring '20
Required FeesTotal$62,252
Estimated Additional CostsBooks$462$198$231


*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. 

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.

Prior Year Fees