Master of Fine ArtsTuition, Fees & Expenses

Based on the 2021-22 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


Tuition and Fees

Tuition (Unit Base: $2,035) $48,840
Graduate School Application Fee $90
Orientation Fee $55
Student Health Service Fee $854
Student Programming Fee $80
Norman H. Topping Student Aid Fund Fee $16
Student Health Insurance Plan (Aetna):
Fall $753
Spring/Summer $1,363
Dental Insurance (Optional) $136
Total Tuition and Fees $52,187*

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 $18,485
Books and Supplies $900
Transportation $2,459
Personal Expenses $2,666
Total Living Expenses $24,510*

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

Last updated: Sept. 1, 2021