Tuition and Fees - Master of Public Administration and Leadership

Tuition and Fee General Information

A great investment and a great value.

Paying for college is a big financial commitment. At Ohio State, the credentials you earn will be from one of the top public universities in the country and earning your credential 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 costs, 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 Public Administration and Leadership

Estimates are based upon the Master of Public Administration and Leadership (MPAL) program, which is 32-33 credits in length and can typically be completed in five semesters. Estimates below are based on completion of 33 credits in five semesters over 21 months. Actual costs and length of time will vary. For more information on the courses and curriculum visit the department’s page. You might also reference the Total Cost Calculation Guide for help in making calculations based on your own degree completion plan.

University Cost Estimates

university costs one-time fee
Application Fee $60 ($70 for international students), one-time fee
Acceptance Fee $100, one-time fee

Program Cost Estimates

fee semesterly expenses
Instructional Fees (Tuition) $5,057.50, except $2,890.00 for final semester
Program Fee $161
Distance Learning Fee $100
Non-Resident Fee $5

Additional Program Costs

FEE semesterly expenses
Learning Technology Fee $180/semester, except $120 for final semester
Textbook/course materials $200/semester: $0 - $200 avg. per course (varies)

Total Cost Estimates

Residency Total cost to degree * Estimates are based on completion of one semester of full-time courses. Actual costs and length of time will vary. 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.
Ohio Residents $25,620
Non-Ohio Residents $25,645