6 Credits
  Summer 2019 Fall 2019 Spring 2020 Total

Direct Costs

Tuition 11,592 11,592 11,592 34,776
SIPA Computer Lab Fee 175 175 175 525
University Facilities Fee 242 248 248 738
Student Activity Fee 0 60 60 120
Total Direct Costs 12,009 12,075 12,075 36,159


ESTIMATED Indirect Costs

   
Room/Board 5,898 7,866 9,832 23,596
Books 500 500 500 1,500
Personal Expenses 1,325 1,767 2,210 5,302
Transportation 381 508 635 1,524
Total Indirect Costs 8,104 10,641 13,177 31,922


TOTAL ESTIMATED COST

20,113 22,716 25,252 68,081
9 Credits
  summer 2019 Fall 2019 Spring 2020 Total

Direct Costs

Tuition 17,388 17,388 17,388 52,164
SIPA Computer Lab Fee 175 175 175 525
University Facilities Fee 242 248 248 738
Student Activity Fee 0 60 60 120
Total Direct Costs 17,805 17,871 17,871 53,547


ESTIMATED Indirect Costs

   
Room/Board 5,898 7,866 9,832 23,596
Books 500 500 500 1,500
Personal Expenses 1,325 1,767 2,210 5,302
Transportation 381 508 635 1,524
Total Indirect Costs 8,104 10,641 13,177 31,922


TOTAL ESTIMATED COST

25,909 28,512 31,048 85,469
12 Credits
  Summer 2019 Fall 2019 Spring 2020 Total

Direct Costs

Tuition 23,184 23,184 23,184 69,552
Medical Insurance 870 1,308 2,127 4,305
Health Service Fee 281 583 583 1,447
SIPA Computer Lab Fee 175 175 175 525
University Facilities Fee 242 248 248 738
Student Activity Fee 0 60 60 120
Total Direct Costs 24,752 25,558 26,377 76,687


ESTIMATED Indirect Costs

   
Room/Board 5,898 7,866 9,832 23,596
Books 500 500 500 1,500
Personal Expenses 1,325 1,767 2,210 5,302
Transportation 381 508 635 1,452
Total Indirect Costs 8,104 10,641 13,177 31,922


TOTAL ESTIMATED COST

32,856 36,199 39,554 108,609

Additional Notes

Tuition and fees have not yet been finalized for 2019-20 academic year by the Columbia Board of Trustees. The figures above are estimates as of February 25, 2019.

EMPA students are charged tuition at a rate of $1,932 per credit. The examples in the different tabs show tuition rates for 6, 9, or 12 credits per semester; actual tuition charges will vary each semester depending on students' individual courseloads.  Please note that some fees become applicable when students enroll for 12 credits (officially a full-time courseload) that are not charged to students enrolled for fewer than 12 credits.

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 a $100 International Student Fee each semester 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 academic year; yours may vary. Figures above do not include expenses of relocating to New York, if applicable.  For information on billing and payments, please visit the University's Student Financial Services website.