Estimated Cost of Attendance (COA)

The MPP estimated cost of attendance assumes full time enrollment in 12-18 academic credits per term and includes both direct education costs billed by Duke University for year 1 of your program and the indirect costs representing living expenses based on nine months of living off campus in the Durham area.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year and are not fixed until approved by the University Board of Trustees, usually in late May. The COA will be used to determine total federal financial aid eligibility. 

*This cost of attendance estimate is based on the fall and spring terms (9 months). Student's will be responsible for their own expenses during the summer in which there is no enrollment.

  2024-2025 aid year                                         
Fall 
Spring 
Year 1 Total
Estimated Direct Costs
 
 
 
Tuition
$27,198
$27,198
$54,396
Student Medical Insurance Program (SMIP)
$3,713
-
$3,713
Student Health Fee
$484
$484
$1292
MPP Student Activity Fee
$50
$50
$100
Graduate Student Activity Fee (GPSC)
$19
$18
$37
Graduate Recreation Facilities Fee
$187
$187
$374
Graduate Student Services Fee
$12
$12
$24
Transcript Fee (One-time fee)
$120
0
$120
Total Direct Costs 
$31,783
$27,949
$60,056
 
 
 
 
Estimated Educational Supplies
Fall
Spring
Year 1 Total
Books & Supplies
$322
$322
$644
 
 
 
 
Estimated Indirect Costs
 
 
 
Student Living Expenses
Fall
Spring
Year 1 Total
Board (Food)
$1,880
$2,350
$4,230
Housing & Utilities
$6,008
$7,510
$13,518
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses
$1,896
$2,370
$4,266
Transportation
$904
$1,130
$2,034
Total Indirect Costs 
$10,688
$13,360
$24,048
 
 
 
 

ADDITIONAL NOTES

Annual tuition and the majority of fees are divided evenly between the fall and spring terms. The total Student Health Insurance Program (SMIP) is only charged in the Fall unless it is waived through Student Health.  To see waiver criteria or instructions to complete a waiver please visit this website

The living expenses listed above are the results of a Duke Financial Aid Office Survey of all Duke graduate students.

This is required for all MPPs and is charged during the fall term. Students may waive out of this plan if they can present proof of alternative coverage. International students with an F-1 or J-1 visa are required to purchase the student medical insurance plan. The actual cost of the Student Medical Insurance Plan is established before the fall term begins. The University Bursar's Office provides additional information regarding student medical insurance with fall tuition statements.

Dual degree students are eligible to be reviewed for scholarships and fellowship. Each of our partner schools, both internally within Duke and our external partner schools, have different tuition rates.

For those programs on a blended tuition rate, Sanford scholarship awards will be applied in all dual degree academic years and will only pay towards Sanford’s share of the blended tuition rate.

For those programs on a non-blended tuition rate, Sanford scholarship awards will only be applied to terms you are in enrolled at Sanford.

Please review our Dual Degree cost of attendance yearly estimates by program in the next section.

Federal Loan Origination Fees are automatically added to the cost of attendance budget. Students borrowing the Unsubsidized and/or Graduate PLUS Loan will have these fees added in based on average loan amounts borrowed.

These additional considerations may raise the cost of attendance for aid purposes: 

  • One-Time Computer Increase—Students must submit an invoice showing the price of the computer in order to receive an increase up to $2,500.
  • Study Abroad Expenses (Hertie Exchange Program)—Students can request an increase in transportation costs and living expenses. Copies of round-trip airfare receipt and dorm/rental agreement must be made available to the financial aid office prior to the increase being made.
  • Dependent Increase—For actual childcare expenses up to $5,000. Documentation of the expense (canceled check, bill, statement) must be provided to the aid office.

Dual degree blended tuition rate programs

 

This is a blended tuition program with a per term tuition cost of $31,953. Sanford's portion of the blended tuition rate per term is $13,203. Sanford tuition awards will not exceed Sanford's portion of the blended tuition rate.

  2023-2024                                         
Fall 
Spring 
Year 1 Total
Estimated Direct Costs
 
 
 
Tuition
$31,953
$31,953
$63,906
Student Medical Insurance Program (SMIP)
$3,713
-
$3,713
Student Health Fee
$472.50
$472.50
$945
MPP Student Activity Fee
$50
$50
$100
Graduate Student Activity Fee (GPSC)
$18.25
$18.25
$36.50
Graduate Recreation Facilities Fee
$180
$180
$360
Graduate Student Services Fee
$11.50
$11.50
$23
Transcript Fee (One-time fee)
$120
0
$120
Total Direct Costs 
$36,518.25
$33,236.25
$69,754.50
 
 
 
 
Estimated Educational Supplies
Fall
Spring
Year 1 Total
Books & Supplies
$334
$334
$668
 
 
 
 
Estimated Indirect Costs
 
 
 
Student Living Expenses
Fall
Spring
Year 1 Total
Board (Food)
$1816
$2,270
$4,086
Housing & Utilities
$5,792
$7,240
$13,032
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses
$1,832
$2,290
$4,122
Transportation
$872
$1,090
$1,962
Total Indirect Costs 
$10,312
$12,890
$23,202

This is a blended tuition program with a per term tuition cost of $33,059. Sanford's portion of the blended tuition rate per term is $9,902. Sanford tuition awards will not exceed Sanford's portion of the blended tuition rate.

  2023-2024                                         
Fall 
Spring 
Year 1 Total
Estimated Direct Costs
 
 
 
Tuition
$33,059
$33,059
$66,118
Student Medical Insurance Program (SMIP)
$3,713
-
$3,713
Student Health Fee
$472.50
$472.50
$945
MPP Student Activity Fee
$50
$50
$100
Graduate Student Activity Fee (GPSC)
$18.25
$18.25
$36.50
Graduate Recreation Facilities Fee
$180
$180
$360
Graduate Student Services Fee
$11.50
$11.50
$23
Transcript Fee (One-time fee)
$120
0
$120
Total Direct Costs 
$37,624.25
$33,971.25
$71,415.50
 
 
 
 
Estimated Educational Supplies
Fall
Spring
Year 1 Total
Books & Supplies
$334
$334
$668
 
 
 
 
Estimated Indirect Costs
 
 
 
Student Living Expenses
Fall
Spring
Year 1 Total
Board (Food)
$1816
$2,270
$4,086
Housing & Utilities
$5,792
$7,240
$13,032
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses
$1,832
$2,290
$4,122
Transportation
$872
$1,090
$1,962
Total Indirect Costs 
$10,312
$12,890
$23,202

This is a blended tuition program with a per term tuition cost of $24,318. Sanford's portion of the blended tuition rate per term is $13,203. Sanford tuition awards will not exceed Sanford's portion of the blended tuition rate.

  2023-2024                                         
Fall 
Spring 
Year 1 Total
Estimated Direct Costs
 
 
 
Tuition
$24,318
$24,318
$48,636
Student Medical Insurance Program (SMIP)
$3,713
-
$3,713
Student Health Fee
$472.50
$472.50
$945
MPP Student Activity Fee
$50
$50
$100
Graduate Student Activity Fee (GPSC)
$18.25
$18.25
$36.50
Graduate Recreation Facilities Fee
$180
$180
$360
Graduate Student Services Fee
$11.50
$11.50
$23
Transcript Fee (One-time fee)
$120
0
$120
Total Direct Costs 
$28,883.25
$25,050.25
$53,933.50
 
 
 
 
Estimated Educational Supplies
Fall
Spring
Year 1 Total
Books & Supplies
$334
$334
$668
 
 
 
 
Estimated Indirect Costs
 
 
 
Student Living Expenses
Fall
Spring
Year 1 Total
Board (Food)
$1816
$2,270
$4,086
Housing & Utilities
$5,792
$7,240
$13,032
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses
$1,832
$2,290
$4,122
Transportation
$872
$1,090
$1,962
Total Indirect Costs 
$10,312
$12,890
$23,202

Dual degree nonblended tuition rate programs

This is a nonblended tuition program with a per term tuition cost of $26,406 for the terms you are registered for Sanford courses.  Financial aid offered by Sanford will only disburse for the terms you are taking courses at Sanford. Please refer to the below Sanford Cost of Attendance estimate for the terms you are taking courses at Sanford. For more information on Duke’s School of Medicine cost of attendance

  2023-2024                                         
Fall 
Spring 
Year 1 Total
Estimated Direct Costs
 
 
 
Tuition
$26,406
$26,406
$52,812
Student Medical Insurance Program (SMIP)
$3,713
-
$3,713
Student Health Fee
$472.50
$472.50
$945
MPP Student Activity Fee
$50
$50
$100
Graduate Student Activity Fee (GPSC)
$18.25
$18.25
$36.50
Graduate Recreation Facilities Fee
$180
$180
$360
Graduate Student Services Fee
$11.50
$11.50
$23
Transcript Fee (One-time fee)
$120
0
$120
Total Direct Costs 
$30,971.25
$27,138.25
$58,109.50
 
 
 
 
Estimated Educational Supplies
Fall
Spring
Year 1 Total
Books & Supplies
$334
$334
$668
 
 
 
 
Estimated Indirect Costs
 
 
 
Student Living Expenses
Fall
Spring
Year 1 Total
Board (Food)
$1816
$2,270
$4,086
Housing & Utilities
$5,792
$7,240
$13,032
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses
$1,832
$2,290
$4,122
Transportation
$872
$1,090
$1,962
Total Indirect Costs 
$10,312
$12,890
$23,202
 
 
 
 

This is a nonblended tuition program with a per term tuition cost of $26,406 for the terms you are registered for Sanford courses.  Financial aid offered by Sanford will only disburse for the terms you are taking courses at Sanford. Please refer to the below Sanford Cost of Attendance estimate for the terms you are taking courses at Sanford. For more information on Duke's School of Divinity cost of attendance.

  2023-2024                                         
Fall 
Spring 
Year 1 Total
Estimated Direct Costs
 
 
 
Tuition
$26,406
$26,406
$52,812
Student Medical Insurance Program (SMIP)
$3,713
-
$3,713
Student Health Fee
$472.50
$472.50
$945
MPP Student Activity Fee
$50
$50
$100
Graduate Student Activity Fee (GPSC)
$18.25
$18.25
$36.50
Graduate Recreation Facilities Fee
$180
$180
$360
Graduate Student Services Fee
$11.50
$11.50
$23
Transcript Fee (One-time fee)
$120
0
$120
Total Direct Costs 
$30,971.25
$27,138.25
$58,109.50
 
 
 
 
Estimated Educational Supplies
Fall
Spring
Year 1 Total
Books & Supplies
$334
$334
$668
 
 
 
 
Estimated Indirect Costs
 
 
 
Student Living Expenses
Fall
Spring
Year 1 Total
Board (Food)
$1816
$2,270
$4,086
Housing & Utilities
$5,792
$7,240
$13,032
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses
$1,832
$2,290
$4,122
Transportation
$872
$1,090
$1,962
Total Indirect Costs 
$10,312
$12,890
$23,202
 
 
 
 

This is a nonblended tuition program with a per term tuition cost of $26,406 for the terms you are registered for Sanford courses.  Financial aid offered by Sanford will only disburse for the terms you are taking courses at Sanford. Please refer to the below Sanford Cost of Attendance estimate for the terms you are taking courses at Sanford. For more information on UNC Kenan-Flagler-MBA cost of attendance.

  2023-2024                                         
Fall 
Spring 
Year 1 Total
Estimated Direct Costs
 
 
 
Tuition
$26,406
$26,406
$52,812
Student Medical Insurance Program (SMIP)
$3,713
-
$3,713
Student Health Fee
$472.50
$472.50
$945
MPP Student Activity Fee
$50
$50
$100
Graduate Student Activity Fee (GPSC)
$18.25
$18.25
$36.50
Graduate Recreation Facilities Fee
$180
$180
$360
Graduate Student Services Fee
$11.50
$11.50
$23
Transcript Fee (One-time fee)
$120
0
$120
Total Direct Costs 
$30,971.25
$27,138.25
$58,109.50
 
 
 
 
Estimated Educational Supplies
Fall
Spring
Year 1 Total
Books & Supplies
$334
$334
$668
 
 
 
 
Estimated Indirect Costs
 
 
 
Student Living Expenses
Fall
Spring
Year 1 Total
Board (Food)
$1816
$2,270
$4,086
Housing & Utilities
$5,792
$7,240
$13,032
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses
$1,832
$2,290
$4,122
Transportation
$872
$1,090
$1,962
Total Indirect Costs 
$10,312
$12,890
$23,202
 
 
 
 

This is a nonblended tuition program with a per term tuition cost of $26,406 for the terms you are registered for Sanford courses.  Financial aid offered by Sanford will only disburse for the terms you are taking courses at Sanford. Please refer to the below Sanford Cost of Attendance estimate for the terms you are taking courses at Sanford. For more information on UNC School of Law cost of attendance.

  2023-2024                                         
Fall 
Spring 
Year 1 Total
Estimated Direct Costs
 
 
 
Tuition
$26,406
$26,406
$52,812
Student Medical Insurance Program (SMIP)
$3,713
-
$3,713
Student Health Fee
$472.50
$472.50
$945
MPP Student Activity Fee
$50
$50
$100
Graduate Student Activity Fee (GPSC)
$18.25
$18.25
$36.50
Graduate Recreation Facilities Fee
$180
$180
$360
Graduate Student Services Fee
$11.50
$11.50
$23
Transcript Fee (One-time fee)
$120
0
$120
Total Direct Costs 
$30,971.25
$27,138.25
$58,109.50
 
 
 
 
Estimated Educational Supplies
Fall
Spring
Year 1 Total
Books & Supplies
$334
$334
$668
 
 
 
 
Estimated Indirect Costs
 
 
 
Student Living Expenses
Fall
Spring
Year 1 Total
Board (Food)
$1816
$2,270
$4,086
Housing & Utilities
$5,792
$7,240
$13,032
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses
$1,832
$2,290
$4,122
Transportation
$872
$1,090
$1,962
Total Indirect Costs 
$10,312
$12,890
$23,202
 
 
 
 

This is a nonblended tuition program with a per term tuition cost of $26,406 for the terms you are registered for Sanford courses.  Financial aid offered by Sanford will only disburse for the terms you are taking courses at Sanford. Please refer to the below Sanford Cost of Attendance estimate for the terms you are taking courses at Sanford. For more information on NCCU School of Law cost of attendance

  2023-2024                                         
Fall 
Spring 
Year 1 Total
Estimated Direct Costs
 
 
 
Tuition
$26,406
$26,406
$52,812
Student Medical Insurance Program (SMIP)
$3,713
-
$3,713
Student Health Fee
$472.50
$472.50
$945
MPP Student Activity Fee
$50
$50
$100
Graduate Student Activity Fee (GPSC)
$18.25
$18.25
$36.50
Graduate Recreation Facilities Fee
$180
$180
$360
Graduate Student Services Fee
$11.50
$11.50
$23
Transcript Fee (One-time fee)
$120
0
$120
Total Direct Costs 
$30,971.25
$27,138.25
$58,109.50
 
 
 
 
Estimated Educational Supplies
Fall
Spring
Year 1 Total
Books & Supplies
$334
$334
$668
 
 
 
 
Estimated Indirect Costs
 
 
 
Student Living Expenses
Fall
Spring
Year 1 Total
Board (Food)
$1816
$2,270
$4,086
Housing & Utilities
$5,792
$7,240
$13,032
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses
$1,832
$2,290
$4,122
Transportation
$872
$1,090
$1,962
Total Indirect Costs 
$10,312
$12,890
$23,202