The current Design@USC tuition rate is $1,863 per credit. This rate does not include the costs of textbooks, materials or fees. Graduation requires completion of a minimum of 38 credits, and the total minimum tuition for students enrolling for the 2018–19 academic year is estimated at $70,794. Please note that this figure should be used for estimation purposes only, as tuition rates are reassessed each academic year. Students should expect a moderate tuition increase each year.
Five-Semester Track Estimated Tuition
|Semester||Units||Estimated Tuition & Program Fees||Calculation|
|1||9||$16,767||9x $1,863 per unit rate|
|2||9||$16,767||9x $1,863 per unit rate|
|3||8||$14,904||8x $1,863 per unit rate|
|4||8||$14,904||8x $1,863 per unit rate|
|5||4||$7,452||4x $1,863 per unit rate|
Total Tuition: $70,794.00
Fees for required residencies are not covered by tuition. Each student must attend two residencies, and fees will be charged in the semester in which each residency takes place. Fees will be set annually and will include room and board but not travel expenses to and from USC.
The Integrative Practices Residential fee is currently estimated at $1,250, and the Professional Practices Residential fee is currently estimated at $1,500. Fees may be subject to change.
USC requires that all students carry comprehensive health insurance, either through the university or an alternate provider. Detailed information on this requirement and the USC Health Plan for online students — including costs —may be found on the USC Engemann Student Health Center's website .
Financial Aid Options
U.S. citizens and permanent residents have multiple funding options, including external scholarships, grants and federal student loans. Applicants are encouraged to apply for financial aid at the time of submission of the application to Design@USC to allow time for processing. With a limited number of scholarships available, most students fund this master’s degree through employer tuition assistance, federal student aid and/or private student loans.
The University of Southern California Financial Aid Office (FAO) will provide applicants with information about financial aid eligibility, how to apply, and how to secure student loans. You can also review the step-by-step application below.
Applicants should visit the FAO website for information regarding dates and deadlines as well as the forms needed to process the financial aid application. For more detailed information on our financial aid application process, visit USC’s Applying for Financial Aid page.
Many employers offer tuition benefits including tuition reimbursement and low-cost loans. Check with your employer's personnel or human resources division regarding tuition. Explore tips for seeking support on our Employer Support page.
Veterans and active-duty military students can explore Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits to fund their graduate programs. To begin the process of applying for military education benefits, visit the VA website and complete the Education Benefits Application Process.
For more information about VA benefits and eligibility, please visit the USC Veterans Certification Office.
Federal Student Loans
To apply for federal loan programs, applicants must start by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The USC school code is 001328. Upon completion of the FAFSA, applicants may be eligible for the following federal student loans:
- Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan: Graduate students are potentially eligible to receive up to $20,500 per academic year.
- Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan: This credit-based loan can be used in addition to the Direct Unsubsidized Loan. It provides additional loan funds to cover tuition and other personal or living expenses — up to the cost of attendance — per academic year.
Private Student Loans
Students who require additional assistance may apply for education loans through private lenders. Additional information on private financing can be found on USC’s Private Financing page and on our scholarship page.
To learn more about financial aid for Design@USC students, read the Tuition and Financial Aid FAQs or contact The Financial Aid Student Contact Center at 213-740-4444 or by visiting the Financial Aid website. If you’re ready, you can also start your application now.
Applying for Financial Aid at USC: Step by Step
Students can apply for federal student aid if they meet certain criteria established by the university and the U.S. Department of Education. We recommend that applicants read through the following information before beginning the financial aid process and apply for financial aid at the time of application for admission to Design@USC.
USC utilizes a standardized system for financial aid applications called FAST, which stands for the Financial Aid Summary and Tasks system. This system provides students the ability to view financial aid document status, complete any university mandated financial aid forms, and view and accept financial aid awards. Review step by step instructions on how to apply for financial aid at USC using the FAST system.
To be eligible to receive federal student aid, students must be:
- Admitted to USC and have accepted an admit offer
- A citizen or permanent resident of the United States
- Enrolled in at least 4 credits per term
- Not currently in default on previous federal loans
Applicants can check the status of prior federal loans on the National Student Loan Data System.
Federal Student Aid Requirements
Please reference the chart below to determine which FAFSA to fill out based on the desired start date:
To apply for federal loan programs, students must start by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid External link (FAFSA). The USC school code is 001328. After you complete the FAFSA, follow the step by step instructions on how to track your financial aid documentation status through USC's standardized system called FAST (Financial Aid Summary and Tasks).
If you’re ready, take the next step in building the multidisciplinary skillset to lead businesses of the future and start your application today.