2020-2021 Tuition and Fees


Harvard Kennedy School’s cost of attendance for the 2020-2021 academic year is outlined below to help you plan financially if you enroll in one of our master’s degree programs. HKS tuition and fees are subject to change without notice. 

Master in Public Policy (MPP) 
Master in Public Administration/International Development (MPA/ID)
Master in Public Administration (MPA)
Tuition $52,872
Course materials $575
HKS activity fee $220
HUHS Student Health Fee (SHF)* $1,240
Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)* $3,922
Total tuition and fees $58,829
   
Estimated living expenses (9 months) $21,258
Personal expenses and travel $4,806
Books and supplies $1,548
Total additional expenses $27,612
TOTAL $86,441

 

Mid-Career Master in Public Administration (MC/MPA)
Tuition $52,872
Mid-Career MPA Summer Program $9,302
Course materials $575
HKS activity fee $220
HUHS Student Health Fee (SHF)* $1,240
Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)* $3,922
University Health Services (July 2020 coverage)* $468
Total tuition and fees $68,599  
   
Estimated living expenses (10 months) $23,620
Personal expenses and travel $5,340
Books and supplies $1,820
Total additional expenses $30,780
TOTAL $99,379

 

Mid-Career Master in Public Administration (MC/MPA) Edward S. Mason Program
Tuition $52,872
Mason Fellows Seminar $3,832
Mid-Career MPA Summer Program $9,302
Course materials $575
HKS activity fee $220
HUHS Student Health Fee (SHF)* $1,240
Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)* $3,922
University Health Services (July 2020 coverage, per month)* $468
Total tuition and fees $72,431  
   
Estimated living expenses (10 months) $23,620
Personal expenses and travel $5,340
Books and supplies $1,820
Total additional expenses $30,780
TOTAL $103,211

*It is mandatory that you hold health insurance while enrolled full time at HKS. If you are enrolled in a comparable health insurance plan, you may be eligible to waive the Student Health Insurance Plan. Dental coverage is not included as part of the university health plan; it can be purchased at an additional cost. Visit the Harvard University Health Services website for details.

Note on Medical Insurance

Students will automatically be enrolled in the Harvard Student Health Plan unless proof of comparable alternative insurance coverage is provided. Comparable insurance might include:

  • Coverage under a parent’s health plan
  • Employer provided health insurance
  • Coverage under a spouse’s plan
  • Coverage through MassHealth
  • Coverage for active duty military personnel from the VA

Visit the Harvard University Health Services website for more information.

Only the cost of the Harvard Student Health Insurance Plan—or a plan that you, personally, are paying—can be included in your cost of attendance. Additionally, if you receive HKS scholarship assistance that covers the Student Health Insurance Plan, waiving it will result in a dollar-for-dollar reduction of your award.

Childcare 

If you will need childcare, we encourage you to consider that expense when you plan your time at HKS. In keeping with the general cost of living in the Cambridge/Boston area, the cost of childcare can be quite high. The type of childcare that is appropriate for a family will vary, however this website for Harvard-affiliated day care centers provides a fair example of the average cost of childcare in Cambridge.

Dependent Costs

The cost breakdown below is for international students’ reference only. U.S. federal regulations prohibit HKS from including dependents’ day-to-day costs in domestic students’ cost of attendance.

U.S. health care costs are very high. Lacking medical insurance or being unable to pay for health care services may prevent spouses or children from receiving medical care.

 

Number of Dependents Maintenance (per month) Mandatory Health Fees
(academic year)*
Mandatory Summer Health Fees
(June/July)
One $900 $8,118 $712
Two $1,600 $12,432 $1,109
Three $2,100 $14,600 $1,329
Each additional $4,500 per dependent No cost No cost

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

*The HUHS Student Health Fee (SHF) and Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) are required for all dependents.

 

For reference

The 2019-2020 cost of attendance for domestic students.