Master of Fine ArtsTuition, Fees & Expenses

Based on the 2020-21 academic year, the following are estimated two-semester costs at USC for a full-time master’s student (12 units) living in university housing or in non-university housing, not with parents or relatives (other than a spouse):

Estimated Budget for 2020-21


Tuition and Fees

Tuition (Unit Base: $1,995) $47,880
Graduate School Application Fee $90
Orientation Fee $55
Student Health Service Fee $813
Student Programming Fee $86
Norman H. Topping Student Aid Fund Fee $16
Blue Cross of California Health Insurance:
Fall $753
Spring/Summer $1,365
Dental Insurance (Optional) $136
Total Tuition and Fees $51,192*

Note: The total cost listed above represents a domestic student with dental insurance. Total expenses for international students or those opting out of dental insurance may differ.


Living Expenses

Room and Board $15,916
Books and Supplies $1,200
Transportation $584
Personal Expenses $6,654
Total Living Expenses $24,354*

*The above represents an estimated budget of fees and expenses. Fees may be subject to change without notice.

Last updated: August 2020