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 completed online or in person. This flat fee covers between 9 and 15 units of credit per semester.

  • Full-time enrollment for on-campus MEM and MF students is expected to be 12 course credits per semester. 
  • DEL-MEM students must be enrolled with at least 6 course credits per semester 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.) during the fall or spring semester at no additional cost.

On-Campus Degrees: MEM & MF

Tuition, Fees & Personal Expenses

Estimated Cost of Attendance 2020-2021

Last updated 8/4/2020. Amounts reflect revisions to tuition and fees related to COVID-19.

Tuition $ 41,000
Fees (details below) $ 740.25 – $ 1,176.75
Total Tuition & Fees $ 41,740.25 – $ 42,176.75
   
Estimated Personal Expenses  
Books & Supplies $      624
Housing & Food $ 13,734
Misc. Personal Expenses $   6,756
   
Total Estimated Cost of Attendance $ 62,854.25 – $ 63,290.75


The estimated cost of attendance listed above is for the 2020-2021 academic year only. Students should anticipate that the cost of attendance will increase for 2021-2022. Tuition, fees, and living expenses will be set in early spring for the academic year. 

Concurrent degree students: Please review the Tuition and Financial Aid Policy for Concurrent Degree Students.


FEES INCLUDE:

  • Student health fee
    • Fall 2020
      • Students in NC: $429
      • Students in US but not NC: $100
      • Students not in US: $0
    • Spring 2021
      • Anticipated: $429
  • Student activity fee
    • Fall 2020: $0
    • Spring 2021, anticipated: $18.50
  • Recreation fee
    • Fall 2020: $0
    • Spring 2021, anticipated: $162.75
  • Graduate student services fee
    • Fall 2020
      • Students in NC: $7.50
      • Students not in NC: $0
    • Spring 2021, anticipated: $10
  • Transcript fee
    • One-time fee: $120


FEES DO NOT INCLUDE:

  • The required student medical insurance. All incoming international students holding an F1 or J1 visa are required to enroll in the Duke Student Medical Insurance Plan (SMIP). 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 2020-2021

Last updated 8/4/2020. Amounts reflect revisions to tuition and fees related to COVID-19.

Tuition $ 41,000
Fees (details below) $      120
Total Tuition & Fees $ 41,120
   
Estimated Personal Expenses  
Books & Supplies $      624
Lodging & Food $ 13,104
Misc. Personal Expenses $   6,045
   
Total Estimated Cost of Attendance $ 60,893

 

The estimated cost of attendance listed above is for the 2020-2021 academic year only. Students should anticipate that the cost of attendance will increase for 2021-2022. Tuition, fees, and living expenses will be set in early spring for the academic year. 


FEES INCLUDE:

  • Transcript fee (one-time fee): $120

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

Concurrent degree students

Tuition for concurrent degrees will be based on a blended rate of the two schools. Financial aid from the Nicholas School, if awarded, will then be adjusted accordingly. Tuition and financial aid impacts vary depending on whether the additional degree is pursued with another Duke program or if it is at another university (e.g., UNC).

View Tuition and Financial Aid Policy for Concurrent Degree Students

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 $1,860 per credit unit for the 2020-2021 academic year and $1,860 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 2020-2021) 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 $66,174.50 including Duke’s student health insurance ($3,605) plus $9,495 support for spouse and $4,748 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 $1,250 in 2020-2021) 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: