Financing Your Education


The student tuition and fees for the master’s program are posted by the Office of the Registrar and are subject to change each year. The fees do not include the cost of books, housing, personal expenses and certain capstone research expenses.


The Institute for Global Health Sciences provides a limited number of need-based scholarships. Both US and international students are eligible to apply for these awards. To be considered for a scholarship, prospective students must complete the UCSF Financial Aid Application, which includes the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 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.

The master’s degree program is self-supporting and does not receive any California state funds. As a result, students in the program are eligible only for federal financial aid through the Student Financial Aid office. Students are not eligible for Graduate Division scholarships. Applicants to the program are encouraged to seek additional financial support opportunities by checking scholarship search databases, community organizations or other sources of private funding. Some international students have been successful securing funding from their countries’ governments.

Financial Aid

UCSF Student Financial Aid works with students to arrange for federal financial aid and student loans. The majority of students who receive aid are eligible for a work-study appointment. Although work-study positions are not guaranteed within the Institute for Global Health Sciences, generally two to four 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 course load, any part-time work should not exceed 10 hours per week during each academic quarter.

Capstone Research Funding

The master’s program provides financial assistance for some of the costs associated with the capstone project, including air and ground transportation to get to and from the main project site (if it is 100 miles or more outside of San Francisco) and visa costs. After these costs are covered, the program will distribute remaining resources for approved project costs (e.g., translation/transcription service). Students are responsible for paying for their own food, lodging, research subject incentives and local transportation during the capstone research period.