Financing Your Education


The student tuition and fees for the master’s program are anticipated to be $49,140.00 for the 2019-2020 academic year. The detailed costs for the current academic year 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 merit- and need-based scholarships. Upon acceptance, students are automatically considered for merit-based awards. IGHS scholarships are awarded no later than June 1.

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 research and seek scholarships independently 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

The UCSF Student Financial Aid office offers opportunities for students to apply for loans or federal work-study through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

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.

Please note that only US citizens and eligible noncitizens are eligible for Federal Financial Aid. Refer to the Federal Student Aid website for additional information regarding eligibility.

Non-US citizens and non-permanent residents are eligible for private educational loans. Please refer to the UCSF Student Financial Aid website if you are an AB 540 student or international student.

Applicants from outside the US must be eligible to obtain an F-1 visa and demonstrate they have financial support to attend the program and live in the US. If you are offered admission, the I-20 form (required to obtain your student visa) cannot be issued until the UCSF International Students & Scholars Office has documented and verified your ability to cover the costs of study.

Note that tuition and fees are the same for all master’s students, regardless of residency status.

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.