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2022-2023 Tuition and Fees


The Harvard Kennedy School cost of attendance for the 2022-2023 academic year is outlined below to help you plan financially for our master’s degree programs. Living expense costs are based on residence in Cambridge.

HKS tuition and fees are subject to change without notice.  The 2023-2024 academic year rates will be published in March 2023.

2022-2023 Tuition and Fees by Program
Master in Public Policy

Master in Public Policy (MPP)

Tuition $55,982
Course materials fee $575
HKS student activity fee $220
HUHS Student Health Fee (SHF)* $1,304
Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)* $4,080
Total tuition and fees $62,161
   
Estimated living expenses (9 months) $21,258
Personal expenses and travel $4,806
Books and supplies $1,548
Total indirect costs $27,612
Total cost of attendance $89,773

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* 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.

 

Master in Public Administration

Master in Public Administration (MPA)

Tuition $55,982
Course materials fee $575
HKS student activity fee $220
HUHS Student Health Fee (SHF)* $1,304
Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)* $4,080
Total tuition and fees $62,161
   
Estimated living expenses (9 months) $21,258
Personal expenses and travel $4,806
Books and supplies $1,548
Total indirect costs $27,612
Total cost of attendance $89,773

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* 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.

 

Master in Public Administration in International Development

Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID)

Tuition $55,982
MPA/ID Program Seminar* $2,000
Course materials fee $575
HKS student activity fee $220
HUHS Student Health Fee (SHF)** $1,304
Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)** $4,080
Total tuition and fees $64,161
   
Estimated living expenses (9 months) $21,258
Personal expenses and travel $4,806
Books and supplies $1,548
Total indirect costs $27,612
Total cost of attendance $91,773

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Incoming students entering the first year of the MPA/ID program will be assessed the MPA/ID Program Seminar .

* *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.

Mid-Career Master in Public Administration

Mid-Career Master in Public Administration (MC/MPA)

Tuition $55,982
Mid-Career MPA Summer Program $8,563
Course materials fee $575
HKS student activity fee $220
HUHS Student Health Fee (SHF)* $1,304
Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)* $4,080
University Health Services (optional July  coverage)* $469
Total tuition and fees (excluding optional July health coverage) $70,724
   
Estimated living expenses (10 months) $23,620
Personal expenses and travel $5,340
Books and supplies $1,820
Total indirect costs $30,780
Total cost of attendance $101,504

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* 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.

Mid-Career Master in Public Administration Mason Program

Mid-Career Master in Public Administration (MC/MPA) Edward S. Mason Program

Tuition $55,982
Mason Program Seminar $3,832
Mid-Career MPA Summer Program $8,563
Course materials fee $575
HKS student activity fee $220
HUHS Student Health Fee (SHF)* $1,304
Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)* $4,080
University Health Services (optional July coverage)* $469
Total tuition and fees (excluding optional July health coverage) $74,556
   
Estimated living expenses (10 months) $23,620
Personal expenses and travel $5,340
Books and supplies $1,820
Total indirect costs $30,780
Total cost of attendance $105,336

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* 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.

Mid-Career Master in Public Administration PLC Pathway

Mid-Career Master in Public Administration (MC/MPA) PLC Pathway
Summer & Fall

Tuition

$35,269

Mason Program Seminar $2,414
Mid-Career MPA Summer Program $8,563
Course materials fee $362
HKS student activity fee $110
HUHS Student Health Fee (SHF)* $652
Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)* $2,080
Total tuition and fees $47,036
Total tuition and fees (Mason Fellows) $49,450
   
Estimated living and personal expenses $15,928
Books and supplies $910
Total indirect costs $16,838
Total cost of attendance $63,874
Total cost of attendance (Mason Fellows) $66,288

 

Mid-Career Master in Public Administration (MC/MPA) PLC Pathway
Summer & Spring

Summer
Mason Program Seminar $2,414
Mid-Career MPA Summer Program $8,563
Estimated living and personal expenses $4,341
Total tuition and fees $12,995
Total tuition and fees (Mason Fellows) $15,409

 

Spring
Tuition $35,269
Course materials fee $362
HKS student activity fee $110
HUHS Student Health Fee (SHF)* $652
Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)* $2,080
Total tuition and fees $38,382
   
Estimated living and personal expenses $11,587
Books and supplies $910
Total indirect costs $12,497
Total cost of attendance $50,879

 

* 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 and cannot be used to increase the amount of scholarship, fellowship, or loan funding for which an international student is eligible. 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 Mandatory Health Fees
(academic year)*
Mandatory Summer Health Fees
(monthly)
One $900 per month $8,464 $736
Two $1,600 per month $12,962 $1,153
Three $2,100 per month $15,224 $1,384
More than three $2,100 per month plus $4,500 per dependent beyond three per academic year

$15,224
(No additional cost for more than three dependents)

$1,384
(No additional cost for more than three dependents)
 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

For reference
2021-2022 academic year cost of attendance at Harvard Kennedy School