Master's Programs Flat-Fee Tuition

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 and 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.
  • Summer classes are not included in the flat-fee tuition. 
  • Students can take courses at one of Duke's other graduate/professional schools (e.g. Fuqua, Pratt, Duke Law, etc.) at no additional cost.

On-Campus Degrees: MEM & MF

Tuition, Fees & Personal Expenses

Estimated Cost of Attendance 2019-2020

Tuition $ 41,000
Fees* $   1,247
Total Tuition & Fees $ 42,247
   
Estimated Personal Expenses  
Books & Supplies $    666
Housing & Food $ 12,703
Misc. Personal Expenses $ 7,495
   
Total Estimated Cost of Attendance $ 63,111


The estimated cost of attendance listed above is for the 2019-2020 academic year only. Students should anticipate that the cost of attendance will increase for 2020-2021. Tuition, fees, and living expenses will be set in early spring for the academic year. 

What do fees cover?

Fees include:

  • Student health fee
  • Student government fee
  • Recreation fees
  • Student services fee
  • Transcript fees 

Fees do not include required student medical insurance. All incoming international students must purchase Duke's plan. US citizens and permanent residents may purchase Duke's plan or provide proof of comparable coverage. 

Students who are non-native English speakers may need to pay an additional fee for English language instruction (see International Students section below).

How are living expenses determined?

The university conducts a survey every three years to ensure that estimates for living expenses are reasonable for the Triangle (Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill) area. 

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 through Duke Housing & Residence Life.

Transportation costs vary significantly depending on where you live and how you plan to get to school. The Duke International House Transportation website provides guidance about the transportation options to consider.

 

Online Degree: DEL-MEM

Tuition, Fees & Personal Expenses

Estimated Cost of Attendance 2019-2020

Tuition $ 41,000
Fees* $        40
Total Tuition & Fees $ 41,040
   
Estimated Personal Expenses  
Books & Supplies $     300
Lodging & Food $  4,251
Misc. Personal Expenses $  3,800
   
Total Estimated Cost of Attendance $ 49,391

 

The estimated cost of attendance listed above is for the 2019-2020 academic year only. Students should anticipate that the cost of attendance will increase for 2020-2021. Tuition, fees, and living expenses will be set in early spring for the academic year. 

What do fees cover?

Fees include:

  • Transcript fee

How are personal expenses determined?

Lodging expense includes hotel expenses (or other living arrangements) for each of the five (5) required place-based sessions.

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.

 

 

Special Cases

Part-Time Enrollment

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 $1860 per credit unit for the 2019-2020 academic year and $1860 per audited 3-credit course for non-degree seeking students.

Continuation Registration Fee

All students must be registered, approved for a leave of absence, or pay a minimum continuation registration fee ($400 for 2019-2020) 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.

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 University Marine Lab.

International Students

Non-U.S. citizens must provide a statement of support for their visa application. International students must have proof of support for nine months of living expenses. The “Grand Total” for the purpose of obtaining a visa is $65,552 including Duke’s student health insurance (pending expected increase for 2019-2020) plus $9,351 support for spouse and $4,676 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 $1,225 in 2019-2020) for each course they are required to take. Incoming students should plan accordingly. 

PhD, Undergraduate & Other Academic Programs

The above information only applies to the MEM, MF and DEL-MEM master's programs. To access tuition and fees information for other degrees and programs, visit: