Masters Tuition and Financial Support
MA students typically cover expenses through a combination of student loans, private funds, and employer support (for those who are already in careers). Please refer to the information below regarding tuition, fees, and financial support.
Tuition and Fees
The Office of the Registrar lists the tuition and fees schedule for MA students. (see "Graduate: Professional - Graduate Division - Statistics"). All tuition and fees are subject to change. The Student Health Insurance Plan is optional.
M.A. Department Financial Support
We do not want the professional degree supplemental tuition to limit access to our program. The Department of Statistics encourages students from all backgrounds to apply for our professional master's degree. As a department committed to the inclusion of all individuals and minimizing financial barriers, financial aid is made available. Examples of financial barriers include eligibility for a Pell grant in your undergraduate program, substantial student loan debt, or a recent economic setback or hardship. In addition, consideration is given to applicants whose background and life experiences contribute to the inclusion of diversity and demonstrate an interest & dedication to public interest. This may include, but is not limited to, applicants who have had limited access to educational resources, who represent geographic diversity, who have persevered over economic disadvantage, who have shown persistence & strength by working to support themselves during their education, or whose experiences have demonstrated a commitment to supporting underserved communities. In order to be considered for department financial support during the 2024/2025 application cycle, please provide a brief explanation for your request when prompted in the application.
Betty Scott Excellence Scholarship & Opportunity Award
The Betty Scott Scholarship is awarded to applicants who make contributions to diversity in STEM, show a commitment to public good, and demonstrate a previous and/or future dedication to the public/non-profit sector. The Opportunity Award is given to applicants who demonstrate financial need, and/or to those whose background and life experiences contribute significantly to enhancing educational diversity.
Graduate Opportunity Program (GOP) Master's Fellowship Award
This award provides financial assistance for an entering student whose background, interests, or goals serve to enhance the level of diversity within the graduate community. GOP awards are based on financial need, academic promise, diversity contribution and are available to US citizens, permanent residents, and AB540 applicants who are entering a terminal master’s or professional degree program. The awards consists of a $10,000 stipend ($5,000 per semester) and in-state fees for one academic year.
Paid Teaching or Research Assistantships
Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) appointments are reserved for PhD students; however, a limited number of Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) opportunities are available for MA students each semester. MA students are informed of these opportunities before each semester; at which point they can apply for a position if they wish. Selection will be based on teaching experience, English proficiency, performance in the MA program, the student’s schedule, and approval by the MA faculty chair. Please be aware that new GSIs are required to take a pedagogy course, over and above the regular coursework of the MA program.
The UC Berkeley Financial Aid Office currently estimates living expenses for graduate students for the upcoming academic year. This includes housing, utilities, food, books, supplies, personal, and transportation costs. Your expenses may be lower or higher depending on your lifestyle.
Additional Financial Resources
If you need additional funding or would like an overview of all the financial aid options available to you, including scholarships, loans, aid for students with dependents, and more, visit the UC Berkeley financial aid website.