Tuition And Scholarships

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Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Program Tuition Estimate

Tuition for the Master of Arts in Teaching program at USC Rossier is charged per unit each semester. The cost of classes and primary fees usually increases each year by around 3-5%.

Master of Arts in Teaching

Master of Arts in Teaching with Gifted Education Certificate

The Gifted Education Certificate is a supplemental certification in the Master of Arts in Teaching program that requires the addition of four units during the summer session.

Cost of Attendance

Fees are typically charged per semester. First semester graduate students should expect the following:

Tuition Mandatory Fees Other Fees
The 2021-2022 tuition fee is $2,035 per unit. Expect an approximately 3 ‒ 5% tuition increase each year Orientation: new student fee, graduate = $55
(charged first semester only)
Student health insurance. See for fees and waiver information
Student health service fee = $427
(charged to students with 6 units or more every semester)
Parking fees (monthly, semester, and daily rates available)
Graduate student programming fee = $40
(charged per semester)
Tuition refund insurance. See registration/tuitionrefund.html for rates and opt out instructions.
Norman H. Topping student aid fund = $8
(charged per semester)
TOTAL = $2,035 x # of units TOTAL = $530 for full-time students TOTAL = Varies

Estimated Credentialing Fees

The requirements to be recommended for a California preliminary teaching credential involve some fees. See the table below for an estimate of costs.

Basic Skills Requirement – CBEST $102.00
Subject Matter Competency – CSET $297.00
Certificate of Clearance Online Application $52.50
LiveScan (varies $10-$35) $35.00
TB Test (varies $0-$100) $100.00
edTPA $300.00
CPR Training (varies $0-$90) $90.00
US Constitution Exam (varies $0-$85) $85.00
Total* $1,061.50

*Additional credentialing fees: BILA Exams (for California Bilingual Authorization in Spanish supplemental certification only)= $198.00

Master of Arts in Teaching Scholarships

The University of Southern California has committed unprecedented scholarship funds to address our nation’s teacher shortage. For the 2022-23 academic year, two-thirds of students enrolled in our on-campus MAT program will receive a full or partial scholarship to the program.

As an applicant, you will be automatically considered for several USC Rossier scholarships ranging from 50%-100% of the program’s tuition. There is no need to submit a separate application for these scholarships. Recipients are selected based on academic achievement, demonstrated dedication to the USC Rossier mission and other distinguishing characteristics. Priority consideration is given to those who apply in rounds one and two. With the exception of the Leo F. Buscaglia Endowed Fellowship, all scholarships are awarded at the time of admission.

If you submit an application for the Master of Arts in Teaching program no later than the application deadline for round 3, you will be sent a separate application for the Leo F. Buscaglia Endowed Fellowship, which awards up to $50,000 to three students. Scholarship recipients of the Buscaglia award will be notified after admission.

You may also view USC Rossier’s list of additional scholarships, fellowships and grants that may require an additional application. he university offers some institutional scholarships as well.

Other Financing Opportunities

As a Master of Arts in Teaching student, you are eligible to apply for several forms of financial aid. After you apply, the USC Financial Aid Office will determine your need and process your summary document, which will consist mostly of federal loans. In addition, USC participates in a variety of private student loan programs.

For more information on financial aid, visit the financing graduate school page.

You’ll also find useful tips in our blog post, How to Pay for Grad School.