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Costs and Aid

The Executive Master of Public Administration tuition for new students starting in Summer 2024 is $85,376.  Continuing EMPA students can find tuition rates for the 2023-2024 academic year on the Office of the Bursar’s website.

2024-2025 EMPA Tuition and Indirect Cost Estimates

Direct CostsSummer 2024Fall 2024Spring 2025Summer 2025Fall 2025Total
Tuition for the 2023-2024 academic year$17,075$17,075$17,075$17,075$17,075$85,376
Health Insurance Fee (Not required for EMPA students)000000

2024-2025 EMPA Tuition and Indirect Cost Estimates

Indirect Costs*Summer 2024Fall 2024Spring 2025Summer 2025Fall 2025Total
Residential Intensive Week Room$875875$1,750
Residential Intensive Week Board (Breakfast and lunch are provided)105105$210
Transportation to and around Ithaca for Residential Intensive WeeksVaries by studentVaries by studentVaries by studentVaries by student
Room, Board, and Transportation for May 2026 Commencement WeekendVaries by student

Additional Notes

  • A $105 application fee is due and payable when you submit your application.
  • If you receive an offer of admission and want to accept it, you must officially do so through the online application system by the date indicated in your admission letter. When you accept your offer, you must also pay a non-refundable admission deposit of $500, which secures your place in the incoming class and will be credited toward your first-semester tuition bill. For more information, please visit the Office of the Bursar’s website.
  • At this time, there are no scholarships, fellowships, or grants awarded for this program; students are eligible to apply for federal Stafford loans. The Cornell Graduate School, along with the Cornell Financial Aid Office, handles all federal loan information.
  • There is no health insurance fee required for EMPA students.
  • *Indirect costs are not billed by Cornell University and reflect estimated living and miscellaneous expenses incurred by students for books and residential intensive weeks; yours may vary and fluctuate marginally with inflation.
    • We estimate about $300 per term for books.
    • Accommodations for your residential intensive weeks are at your expense; you can make arrangements at any of several local hotels, inns, or bed and breakfasts. We offer recommendations regarding lodging, transportation, travel agencies, and more. Accommodation costs can vary; however, $125 per night is a reasonable estimate. More information about group hotel rates will be sent to admitted students in the future.
      • Incoming students will have two, 1-week summer residential intensives and a May graduation ceremony.
    • During the intensive, breakfast and lunch are provided, and students are expected to have dinner on their own most nights (budget approximately $15/dinner).
    • Travel costs will vary from student to student since some participants will need to fly to Ithaca or a nearby airport. Students should budget for travel to Ithaca and travel in/around Ithaca, which will depend on whether students drive their own car, rent a car, or rely on our bus system, the TCAT.
    • Room, board, and transportation costs for the May 2026 Commencement Weekend will vary greatly from student to student. Very limited on-campus housing will be available; however, most individuals attending Commencement Weekend secure various types of accommodations within a 90-mile radius of campus. For more information about on-campus Commencement housing and local housing options, please the Commencement Office’s guest lodging webpage.

How to Apply

EMPA Admissions Counselors