Fall 2017 Spring 2018 Total

Direct Costs

Tuition 15,894 15,894 31,788
SIPA Computer Lab Fee 175 175 350
University Facilities Fee 230 230 460
Student Activity Fee 60 60 120
Total Direct Costs 16,359 16,359 32,718

Indirect Costs

Room/Board 7,562 9,452 17,014
Books 500 500 1,000
Personal Expenses 1,699 2,125 3,824
Transportation 484 605 1,089
Total Indirect Costs 10,245 12,682 22,927


26,604 29,041 55,645

Additional Notes

EMPA students are charged tuition at a rate of $1,766 per credit. The example above assumes 9 credits per semester; actual tuition charges will vary depending on students' individual courseloads.  Full time students (12 or more credits in a semester) will be charged additional fees for Health Insurance, as well as higher Facilities Fees.  You can click on a tab for one of the other programs above to learn more about the costs of those fees.  

A $105 Document Fee (formerly known as Transcript Fee) will be charged during each student's first semester at Columbia University.  All international students are charged an $70 International Student Fee each semester starting Fall 2017 as well as an additional $100 I-20 fee during their first semester of enrollment at Columbia.

The total cost of attendance includes both direct and indirect costs. Direct costs are those charged by Columbia University. The tuition and fees indicated above are for the stated year only. Indirect costs are not billed by Columbia and reflect estimated living and miscellaneous expenses incurred by students during the 9-month academic year; yours may vary. For information on billing and payments, please visit the University's Student Financial Services website.

Continuing EMPA students may also elect to attend during the summer 2018 term.  Costs for tuition are identical to those of the fall and spring terms, at $1,766 per credit, the Computer Lab, Facilities and Student Activity fees apply, and indirect expenses other than textbooks are pro-rated for a 3 month period.  The estimated textbook costs for the summer are the same as other terms.