Tuition and Financial Aid

Students enrolled in an online master's program at the School of Information Studies (iSchool) are charged tuition on a per-credit-hour basis plus an additional technology fee* per course credit per term. The cost-per-credit and number of credits that online students are required to complete will vary by program.

Tuition and Financial Aid by Program
Program Credits Required Cost Per Credit Estimated Tuition Cost
MS in Applied Data Science 36 $1,782 $64,152 
MS in Information Management 42 $1,620 $68,040
MS in Information Management for Executives 30 $1,620 $48,600
MS in Library and Information Science 36 $1,620 $58,320
MS in Library and Information Science: School Media 36 $1,620 $58,320

*Technology Fee, per semester (2019-2020 Academic Year):

  • 1 to 3 credits: $75
  • 4 to 11 credits: $150
  • 12 credits or more: $200

Financing Your Degree

When evaluating how to pay for your master's degree, there may be a number of resources available to you, including tuition assistance from your employer, scholarships, and student loan programs. In addition, you may be eligible to apply for the following to assist in paying your tuition:

  • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans: Students are potentially eligible to receive up to $20,500 in Direct Unsubsidized Loans per academic year, regardless of personal or spousal income.
  • Federal Direct PLUS Loan: All graduate students are potentially eligible to apply for Graduate PLUS loan funding each academic year. This credit-based loan can be used to cover tuition and fees, and provide you with funding for living expenses up to the cost of attendance.
  • Private Loans: Students who require additional assistance may apply for education loans through private lenders.
  • Scholarships: Students may be eligible to apply for scholarships offered through Syracuse University.
  • Employer Sponsorship: Check with your employer's personnel or human resources division regarding tuition.
  • Veterans Benefits: Students are eligible to explore the use of VA Education Benefits to fund their graduate program. For more information, contact the VA or the Veterans' Resource Center on campus.

Sponsorship Tips

One of the ways that students fund their degree program is through employer sponsorship. While your company may not advertise that this funding is available, they may have funds available to you if you put in a request.

Beyond funding, employers can also support your education through adding flexibility to your schedule and providing new challenges and opportunities to take advantage of your growing skill set. Having a scheduled conversation to discuss your professional development goals is a great idea to help foster support, in whatever form it may take.

For information to help you request employer support or sponsorship, download the following:

MS in Applied Data Science Employer Sponsorship Guide

MS in Information Management Employer Sponsorship Guide

MS in Library and Information Science Employer Sponsorship Guide

Applying for Financial Aid

If you intend to apply for financial aid, you should begin the process as soon as possible. To apply, complete these steps:

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Syracuse's school code is 002882.
  2. Complete your application for admission to the program. We encourage you to apply for financial aid at the same time you complete your program application.

Download the step-by-step Financial Aid Checklist.

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