Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fee General Information

A great investment and a great value.

Paying for college is a big financial commitment.  At Ohio State, the degree you earn will be from one of the top public universities in the country and earning your degree online makes it a great value as well as a great investment in your future.

Tuition varies by program and the number of credits you’re enrolled in. Find tuition rates on the registrar’s website. No matter if you are an in-state or out-of-state student, all United States residents and graduate students (international or U.S. residents) enrolled in our distance education courses pay in-state tuition rates. You’ll pay an additional $100 (Ohio residents) or $105 (non-residents) distance fee per term and any program-specific fees. International undergraduate students will also be assessed a $500 fee per term. Graduate international students will not be charged this fee. Site-based fees, such as the recreational fee and COTA bus service, do not apply to distance students.

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Program-Specific Tuition and Fee Information

To help you gather an estimate of the total cost of your degree, select your program from the drop-down menu below.

Note that other fees may apply for dropped courses, late payments, re-enrollments, student health insurance, etc. Additionally, programs that require internship, practicum, clinical, orientations, study abroad, or other on-site components may have additional fees and non-resident charges during the applicable semester. For full fee information visit the registrar’s website. To explore Financial Aid options and information visit the Student Financial Aid website.

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Master of Social Work

The table below estimates a total cost for the completion of the degree program, including both university and program-specific fees.  

Estimates are based upon the 43-credit Master of Social Work Advanced Standing Alternative Plan program, which can be completed full-time in three semesters (or one year) or part-time in roughly six semesters (or two years). Estimates below are available for completion in both three and six semester enrollment options. For more information on the courses and curriculum visit the department’s page or contact msw@osu.edu. You might also reference the Total Cost Calculation Guide for help in making your own calculations based on your own degree completion plan.

University Cost Estimates

Fee Cost Total cost 3 semesters *

Estimates above are based on completion of 43 credits in three or six semesters per the program curriculum. Actual costs and length of time will vary.

Total cost 6 semesters *

Estimates above are based on completion of 43 credits in three or six semesters per the program curriculum. Actual costs and length of time will vary.

Application Fee $60 one-time fee $60 $60
Acceptance Fee $100 one-time fee $100 $100
Distance Learning Fee $100/semester $300 $600
Non-Resident Surcharge $5/semester (non-Ohio residents only) $15 (non-Ohio residents only) $30 (non-Ohio residents only)

Program Cost Estimates

Fee Cost Total cost 3 semesters *

Estimates above are based on completion of 43 credits in three or six semesters per the program curriculum. Actual costs and length of time will vary.

Total cost 6 semesters *

Estimates above are based on completion of 43 credits in three or six semesters per the program curriculum. Actual costs and length of time will vary.

Instructional Fees (Tuition) $764.50/credit or $6,116 flat fee per semester for 8+ credits **

When taking 8 or more credits per semester a flat rate of $6116 for tuition is applied. For students taking fewer than 8 credits the rate is $764.50/credit.

$18,348 $31,344.50
General Fee $23/credit or $184 flat fee per semester for 8+ credits ***

When taking 8 or more credits per semester a flat rate of $184 for the General Fee is applied. For students taking fewer than 8 credits the General Fee is $23/credit.

$552 $943
Social Work Training License $35 $35 $35
Field Fee $100/semester of practicum $200 $200
Textbook/Course Materials $100 avg. per course (varies by course) $1,000 (may vary) $1,000 (may vary)
Total Cost Estimate Ohio Residents $20,595 $34,282.50
Total Cost Estimate Non-Ohio Residents $20,610 $34,312.50

The total program costs are estimates and are not final or binding. Program costs are based on standard fees, but fees may vary based on the actual classes taken.  The Ohio State University disclaims any liability arising from the use of or reliance upon these program cost estimates by any person.  Program costs are subject to change without notice.