Financing Your Education


The student tuition and fees for the 2017-18 academic year are $44,625. Fees for the following academic year are subject to increase. The fees do not include the cost of books, housing, personal expenses, and certain capstone research expenses.


Global Health Sciences has limited funding available for small, need-based scholarships. To become eligible for a scholarship, prospective students must complete the UCSF financial aid application, which includes the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). International students are eligible to apply. Recruitment scholarships may be offered at the time of admission and other need-based scholarships may be awarded in late summer of the matriculating year, funds permitting.

Additional scholarship support from the UCSF Graduate Division is not available because the master’s degree program is self-supporting and does not receive any California state funds. Students are encouraged to seek scholarship money independently, through community organizations (such as Rotary) or other sources of private funding. Some international students have been successful securing funding from their countries’ governments.

Financial Aid

The majority of students apply for federal financial aid (such as Stafford loans) through the UCSF Student Financial Aid office. Many who receive aid are eligible for a work-study appointment. Although work-study positions are not guaranteed within Global Health Sciences, generally 2-4 positions are available each year. The positions vary from project to project, and matriculated students may apply once the school year has started. Students must indicate their interest in work-study on their financial aid application so that the Financial Aid office can determine their eligibility.

The master’s program does not offer teaching assistantships. Due to the heavy workload, any part-time work should not exceed 10 hours per week during each academic quarter.

Capstone Research Funding

Funds are available to partially offset expenses related to the capstone research projects, including airfare, visa costs, and some project expenses. These funds are allocated in the winter quarter and funding amounts are dependent on the needs of the entire class of students.