Tuition & Fees for Graduate Students

A Valuable, Affordable Advanced Degree 

Earning a degree from the University at Albany is a smart investment in your future. That's because the value of your degree is determined not just by the education and career preparation you receive, but also by how much it costs to receive it.

As a public research university, UAlbany costs considerably less than most private institutions offering the same rigorous academic experience. 


Tuition and Fees for Full-Time Students 

It’s important to note that with scholarships, assistantships and fellowships, as well as state and federal aid, you’ll likely pay less than the total costs listed below to earn your degree.  

Follow these instructions to apply for financial aid.

These charts show the cost of one semester or one academic year at UAlbany. See per-credit tuition rates.

New York State Residents



Spring 2021 Fees

Total per Semester

Total for Fall & Spring Semesters

Master of Social Work





Master of Business Administration





All other Master & PhD programs

$5,655 $1,052 $6,707 $13,454.50


Out-of-State Residents



Spring 2021 Fees

Total per Semester

Total for Fall & Spring Semesters

Master of Social Work





Master of Business Administration





All other Master & PhD programs

$11,550 $1,052 $12,602 $25,244.50

Residency: Learn about New York State residency requirements to determine whether you qualify for in-state tuition.

If you're an international or online student, please visit our Tuition & Fees for International Students or Tuition & Fees for Online Students pages.

Per-Credit Tuition Rates

Summer 2021 Per-credit Tuition Rates

Spring 2021 Graduate Per-credit Tuition Rates

Part-time students: Full-time tuition and fees cover 12 credits each semester. Graduate students who enroll in fewer than 12 credits are charged at these per-credit rates. 

Non-degree students: Non-degree students are charged by their course level.

  • Courses below the 500 level are charged at the undergraduate rate

  • Courses at or above the 500 level are charged at the graduate rate. 

Please note that non-degree students are not eligible for financial aid. 

See previous per-credit tuition rates.

Additional Information about Fees

Student-Alumni Partnership Fee: The fees listed above include the optional Student-Alumni Partnership Fee. To opt-out of this $30 fee, please complete the Student-Alumni Partnership Opt-Out Request every semester.  

Course Fees: Students who register for select courses — such as certain lab and art classes — will be charged course fees, which are solely used to support the additional costs for materials, supplies and special services related to the course. View a list of courses that require course fees.

Learn more about the campus services covered by student fees.

Note: Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice by action of the SUNY Board of Trustees. 


Financial Aid 

Financial need for many aid programs can only be determined by filing the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please review our financial aid application instructions for more information.

Fellowships, Assistantships & Scholarships

The University offers a limited number of graduate fellowships; teaching, research or administrative assistantships; traineeships; and tuition scholarships on a merit basis to qualified matriculated graduate students.  

As these awards and positions are administered by the appropriate Graduate Department offering the graduate programs, inquiries regarding availability and qualifications should be directed to the academic department of interest.  

A small number of assistantships and tuition scholarships are additionally available through University administrative offices and the Office of Residential Life.  

Note: If you are receiving a Graduate Tuition Scholarship and it is not listed on your financial aid award letter, please contact the appropriate Graduate Department.  


Direct Unsubsidized Loans are federal loans made to eligible undergraduate, graduate and professional students, but eligibility is not based on financial need. Students are responsible for interest during all payment periods. 

Direct Graduate PLUS Loans are federal loans that allow eligible graduate or professional students to obtain a credit-based loan from the U.S. Department of Education. These loans are designed to help with educational expenses up to the cost of attendance, minus all other financial aid. 

Learn more about private loans.

Additional Options

Federal Work-Study provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to the student’s course of study.  

New York State aid — including the Masters-in-Education Teacher Incentive Scholarship, and Math and Science Teaching Incentive Scholarship — can also help you finance your education. (Note: For New York State residents only.) 

For information on financial aid for veterans and military-connected students, including the GI Bill and Military Tuition Assistance, please visit the Office of Veteran and Military Student Services website.

Have questions? 

Contact Student Financial Services at [email protected] or 518-442-3202 for a consultation.