Tuition and Financing

If there's a will, there's a way to be a changemaker.

To innovate for a better world, we need impassioned people from all walks of life and all corners of the world to participate in our unique programs. We provide financial support for approximately 80 percent of our graduate students. Available funding and aid opportunities include the Ghandi Fellowship, Dean's Graduate Merit Scholarship and the Joan B. Kroc Scholarship in Peace and Justice.

At the Kroc School, we know that financing your graduate education is a priority. Many of our graduate students are offered financial assistance in the form of need-based grants or student loans and up to 80 percent of our students receive merit-based scholarships.

Tuition and fees are subject to change. For the most current information, visit Student Financial Services.

2021-22 Tuition and Fees

Tuition Per Unit for all Kroc School Degrees $1,200
MA in Peace and Justice Estimated Tuition (39 units)  $48,000
MA in Social Innovation Estimated Tuition (30 units)  $36,000
MS in Conflict Management and Resolution Estimated Tuition (30 units)  $36,000
Application Fee (One-time, non-refundable) $45
Enrollment Deposit Fee $200
Additional Student Fees  

Typical Course-load per Semester


MA in Peace and Justice

9-10 units (approx. 3 courses plus 1 workshop)

3-6 units (approx. 1-2 courses)

MA in Social Innovation

13-14 units (approx. 4 courses, plus 1-2 workshops)

3-6 units (approx. 1-2 courses)

MS in Conflict Management and Resolution

13-14 units (approx. 4 courses, plus 1-2 workshops)

3-6 units
(approx. 1-2

Students should consult with their faculty advisors to determine their individual course-load for each semester. The table above is intended as a general guide only.

Applying for Graduate Financial Aid: A Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

U.S. citizens and permanent residents applying to Kroc School graduate programs should complete the FAFSA in order to be considered for need-based financial aid from USD's Office of Financial Aid. We recommend that you file your FAFSA prior to receiving an offer of admission.

The priority deadline to file the FAFSA is generally April 1st of each year for graduate students, but always consult the FAFSA website to confirm dates and deadlines.

USD'S FAFSA School Code is 010395

Step 2: Scholarships and Additional Funding Opportunities

The Kroc School awards merit-based scholarship awards at the time of admission to help offset tuition costs. If you are the recipient of a scholarship, it will be noted in your offer of admission. If you have already completed your FAFSA prior to receiving an offer of admission, be sure to contact USD's Office of Financial Aid so they can adjust your financial aid appropriately.

In addition to scholarships, Kroc School students also have the opportunity to work in collaboration with Kroc School faculty. Learn more about the Kroc School Graduate Assistantship Program under "Applied Peace Learning Resources and Opportunities." You can also submit an application online.

Many Kroc School students work part-time while in the program, and USD offers several on-campus employment opportunities.

Step 3: Check your MySanDiego Portal for your Financial Aid Award

The Office of Financial Aid will begin creating your financial aid award as soon as you are offered admission to the Kroc School and your FAFSA has been filed. Your award will appear on your MySanDiego portal within two weeks of your offer of admission if the FAFSA and all necessary paperwork has been filed. Once your award appears you will have three weeks to accept or decline it.

Step 4: Complete Any Additional Required Paperwork

The Office of Financial Aid may require additional paperwork to verify the number of units you intend to take, complete entrance loan counseling, certify income and more. Outstanding requirements will appear with a red flag on your MySanDiego portal.

Students who receive scholarships will also be required to confirm their acceptance of the scholarship funds. Scholarship awards, changes in the number of units you intend to take, and other factors may alter your initial financial aid award.


If you are having trouble understanding your financial aid award or the required paperwork visit USD's Financial Aid Resources page for additional information related to loans, scholarships and USD employment or drop in to the One Stop Student Center in the University Center, room 126 to speak to a counselor. You can also reach the One Stop Student Center at (619) 260-2700 or

USD's Student Financial Services website provides information related to graduate tuition and fees, payment dates and deadlines and access to critical e-forms.