2018-2019 Tuition and Fees


Harvard Kennedy School’s cost of attendance for the 2018-2019 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 $50,031
Course materials $486 
HKS activity fee $220
HUHS Student Health Fee (SHF)* $1,178
Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)* $3,364
Total tuition and fees $55,279
   
Estimated living expenses (9 months) $21,042
Personal expenses and travel $5,022
Books and supplies $1,548
Total additional expenses $27,612
TOTAL $82,891

 

Mid-Career Master in Public Administration (MC/MPA)
Tuition $50,031
Mid-Career MPA Summer Program $8,802
Course materials $486
HKS activity fee $220
HUHS Student Health Fee (SHF)* $1,178
Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)* $3,364
University Health Services (July 2018 coverage)* $416
Total tuition and fees $64,497  
   
Estimated living expenses (10 months) $23,380
Personal expenses and travel $5,580
Books and supplies $1,820
Total additional expenses $30,780
TOTAL $95,277

 

Mid-Career Master in Public Administration (MC/MPA) Edward S. Mason Program
Tuition $50,031
Mason Fellows Summer Seminar $3,832
Mid-Career MPA Summer Program $8,802
Course materials $486
HKS activity fee $220
HUHS Student Health Fee (SHF)* $1,178
Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)* $3,364
University Health Services (June/July 2018 coverage, per month)* $416
Total tuition and fees $68,329 
   
Estimated living expenses (11 months) $25,718
Personal expenses and travel $5,580
Books and supplies $1,820
Total additional expenses $33,118
TOTAL $101,447

*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.

Dependent Costs (international students only)

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)*
One $900 $7,178
Two $1,600 $10,980
Three $2,100 $12,892
Each additional $5,000 per dependent No cost

*Summer insurance may be up to $628 per dependent, in addition to health fees for the academic year. The HUHS Student Health Fee (SHF) and Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) are required for all dependents.

For reference

The 2017-2018 cost of attendance for domestic students is available here.