Tuition Costs and Funding Opportunities

Tuition Breakdown

ProgramTotal Credit HoursTuition Per Credit HourFees Per Credit HourAdditional FeesDistance Learning Fee
$63/credit hour*
Out-of-state and/or
$63/credit hour

*Distance learning fee is charged only if online classes are taken. Distance learning fees are assigned each semester by the Provost and may vary.

The tuition cost for in-state residency is approximately $15,000.

The tuition cost for out-of-state residency or international students is approximately $35,000.

You can find the breakdown of tuition and fees for out-of-state graduate programs here: Graduate Tuition Rates

Funding Opportunities

Current FSU Undergraduate Students

Students (who are eligible and meet minimum requirements) may take up to 12 credits of graduate-level coursework, while still competing for their undergraduate degree. You can use scholarships and bright futures to help pay for these 12 credits.

Criteria: 90 earned hours (30 hours earned at FSU), minimum 3.0 GPA, instructor permission


We do not have the ability to offer many assistantships. Those who are chosen are done so through strict merit-based criteria. Assistantships are normally awarded upon admittance into the program. There is no additional application for assistantships – all applicants are reviewed for funding.

Student loans

Most students in this program finance their education through student loans.

Scholarships and Fellowships

*All students are reviewed for funding through the main application. There is no additional application*

Eric Reading Scholarship: Each year a $4000 scholarship is offered to a student within the program who has demonstrated exceptional academic performance and ability.

Richard B. Gray Fellowship: Each year, two fellowship spots will be offered to students entering the program. The student must demonstrate exceptional academic performance, professional ability, and ambition for international affairs.

Study abroad scholarships: Awarded in $1000 increments, these are available for summer or fall study abroad programs.

Students are encouraged to apply to various scholarship opportunities on campus. The Graduate School has several opportunities that students are encouraged to review at: .

Non-Florida Residents (US Residents)

Academic Common Market: The Academic Common Market is a tuition-savings program for college students in 15 Southern Regional Educational Board (SREB) states, who want to pursue degrees that are not offered by their in-state institutions. Students can enroll in out-of-state institutions that offer their degree programs and pay the institution’s in-state tuition rates. More than 1,900 undergraduate and graduate programs are available.

International Students

Please visit this page for international funding opportunities and information:

Citizens from Latin America, Caribbean, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands

Please visit this page for a scholarship opportunity:

Current Military and Veterans

The College of Social Sciences and Public Policy provides assistance through the Charles T. Haworth Graduate Scholarship for Student Veterans. Awards will be disbursed in the amount of $5000 per year ($2500 per semester) *Students must be enrolled in full-time graduate study*

For more military and veteran-type scholarships, please click here.

State/FSU Employee Tuition Waiver

Full-time state employees are eligible to use their State Employee Tuition Waiver for classes in the MPA program. Please note that graduate-level online EMHS classes are not state-fundable and are not covered by the State Employee Waiver. Only specific in-person EMHS classes are covered by the waiver. All other MPA classes outside of EMHS are covered by the waiver.

If you have more questions about EMHS courses, please contact Sue Sullivan for additional assistance. EMHS classes are optional and count as electives.

After you register for classes, please fill out the State Employee Waiver and submit it to FSU Student Business Services by the 4th day of classes. Please check the Academic Calendar for specific deadlines each semester.

FSU employees, please note that you use a different waiver form: the FSU Employee Tuition Scholarship. However, the guidelines above still apply.

These waivers must be filled out prior to the start of each semester in which you would like to have your tuition waived as a state/FSU employee.


For further questions on funding, please contact the Sr. Program Specialist