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 (IGHS) provides a limited number of need-based scholarships. All accepted students are eligible to apply for these awards. IGHS also may offer merit-based scholarship awards at the time of admission.

Students in the program are eligible to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) through the UCSF Student Financial Aid office. However, the Master of Science in Global Health is a self-supporting degree program and does not receive any California state funds. As a result, students are not eligible for UCSF 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

Students may apply for financial aid through the UCSF Student Financial Aid office. Aid is awarded according to financial need and is usually in the form of loans or federal work-study. Students interested in a work-study position should indicate this in their financial aid application. Although work-study positions are not guaranteed within IGHS, generally two to four positions are available each year. The program will advertise IGHS work-study positions as they become available, and matriculated students may apply for these positions once the school year has started.

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

IGHS 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. In some cases, students also may receive funding for approved project expenses (e.g., translation/transcription service). Students are responsible for paying for living expenses (food, lodging, local transportation, incidentals) and research subject incentives during the capstone research period.