Tuition & Fees

MEM, MF, and Online (DEL-MEM) STUDENTS

The Nicholas School is committed to supporting our students in pursuing their academic and career passions. As such, we work hard to ensure those who require financial aid receive it – with 80% of our students in our on-campus and online programs receiving merit or need-based scholarships.

The tuition costs are significant, but the return on your investment is high:  The opportunity to pursue a fulfilling career that enables you to affect positive change.

  • Tuition costs are determined annually, ensuring expenses are reflective of existing marketplace dynamics
  • A ‘flat-fee’ tuition structure, allows all of our students – across each of our programs – to pay the same tuition regardless of credit hours, whether the work is done online or in residence, or if students are taking courses in one of our other graduate/professional schools (e.g. Fuqua School of Business, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke Law, etc.) at no additional cost.

Estimated Cost of Attendance 2017-2018# - On-Campus Program

 Educational Expenses  
 Tuition:  $39, 000  
 Fees*:  $1,181 
 Total:  $40,181 
   
 Estimated Personal Expenses:  
 Books & Supplies: $1,240 
 Room & Board (Food):  $13,392 
 Miscellaneous Personal Expenses:  $5,760 
   
 Total Estimated Cost of Attendance:                 $60,573 

*Fees include: student health fee, student government fee, recreation fees, student services fee and transcript fees. Students who are non-native English speakers may need to pay an additional fee for English language instruction (see below).

#The estimated cost of attendance listed above is for the 2017-2018 academic year only. Students should anticipate that the cost of attendance will increase for 2018-2019. Tuition and fees for 2018-2019 as well as living expenses will be set in early spring 2018 for the 2018-2019 academic year. 

Estimated Cost of Attendance 2017-2018## - DEL-MEM Online Program

 Educational Expenses  
 Tuition:  $39,000  
 Fees**:  $40 
 Total:  $39,040 
   
 Estimated Personal Expenses:  
 Books & Supplies: $275 
 Room & Board (Food):  $4,426
 Miscellaneous Personal Expenses:  $1,300 
   
 Total Estimated Cost of Attendance:                 $45,166 

**Transcript Fee.

##The estimated cost of attendance listed above is for the 2017-2018 academic year only. Students should anticipate that the cost of attendance will increase for 2018-2019. Tuition and fees for 2018-2019 as well as personal expenses will be set in early spring 2018 for the 2018-2019 academic year. 


WHAT YOUR TUITION COVERS

The Nicholas School uses a “flat-fee” tuition structure, which means all master’s degree students pay the same tuition regardless of their specific program or whether the work is done online or in residence. This flat fee covers between 9 and 15 units of credit per semester. Normal full-time enrollment for on-campus MEM/MF students is expected to be 12 units per semester.  Online DEL-MEM students must be enrolled with at least 6 course credits to be considered a full-time student.

Students in the two-year MEM, MF, and online DEL-MEM programs pay the flat-fee tuition for four semesters. Tuition is determined annually so estimated costs listed above are for the current year indicated ONLY. All students should anticipate that tuition will increase and some fees will go up. Amounts related to living expenses are reviewed annually and the university conducts a survey every three years to ensure that estimates are reasonable for the Triangle (Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill) area. 

Summer Session
Summer classes are not included in the flat-fee tuition. If you wish to take additional summer credits, find courses and tuition information at the Duke Summer Session website. Students may also study during the summer at the Duke Marine Lab.

Special Cases
Registering for fewer than nine or more than 15 credits in a semester requires special permission. Students who are permitted to enroll part-time (fewer than nine units) will be charged $1768 per credit unit for the 2017-2018 academic year and $1768 per audited course for non-degree seeking students.

All students must be registered, approved for a leave of absence, or pay a minimum continuation registration fee ($350 for 2017-2018) for each semester until their degree is completed. Students who have completed the required semesters and all course requirements except the master's project will be charged the continuation registration fee each semester until their degree is completed.


PLANNING FOR OTHER EXPENSES

For on-campus students, housing is typically the second-largest expense after tuition. Most graduate students rent off-campus housing from private landlords; however, limited on-campus housing is also available for professional and graduate students. Duke’s Housing, Dining & Residence Life website is a great place to start your housing search. Lodging expenses for online DEL-MEM students includes hotel expenses (or other living arrangements) for each of the five (5) required place-based sessions.

Transportation costs vary significantly depending on where you live and how you plan to get to school. The Student Affairs Transportation website provides guidance about the transportation options to consider.   Transportation costs for online DEL-MEM students includes transportation to and from campus and/or Washington D.C. for each of the five (5) required place-based sessions.


MORE INFORMATION:

International Students:
Must provide a statement of support for their visa application. International students must have proof of support for ten months of living expenses. The “Grand Total” for the purpose of obtaining a visa is $62,661including Duke’s student health insurance (pending expected increase for 2017-2018) plus $9,297* support for spouse and $4,649 support per dependent in addition to spouse. All incoming non-native English-speaking students will be required to be tested in written and oral English skills. As a result of the tests, some students will be required to take one or more English courses. Those students required to take English courses will be required to pay an extra fee (anticipated $1,200 in 2017-2018) for each course they are required to take. Incoming students should plan accordingly. 

The cost of attendance described in this information is for the 2017-2018 academic year (fall and spring semesters, not summer) ONLY. Students should expect that the cost of attendance for the 2018-2019 academic year will be higher as tuition will increase, some fees will increase and living expenses may be adjusted. Students should plan their budgets accordingly. 

Tuition varies for other degrees/programs at Duke, for more information, follow the links below: