Tuition and Fees - Master of Public Administration and Leadership

Tuition and Fee General Information

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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.

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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

Number of credit hours required: 32

Expected time to degree: 21 months (5 semesters)

The 32-credit-hour Master of Public Administration and Leadership (MPAL) program can typically be completed in five semesters.

The tables below represent per-credit-hour and per-semester costs as well as an estimate of the total cost of completion. Actual costs and length of time will vary. For more information on the courses and curriculum visit the department’s pageReference the Total Cost Calculation Guide for help in making your own calculations based on your own degree completion plan.

For a full breakdown of fees, please visit the Registrar's website.

University Cost Estimates


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

*Ohio State Alumni qualify for an application fee waiver. Learn more about the waiver

Program Cost Estimates

fee details cost
Instructional Fees Cost of tuition $722.50 per credit hour
General Fee General university fees $23 per credit hour
Glenn College Learning Technology Fee Glenn College technical support $180 per semester
Distance Learning Fee 24/7 tech support $100 per semester
Non-Resident Fee Non-Ohio residents only $200 per semester

Additional Program Costs

FEE cost
Textbook/course materials $60-100 per semester (estimate)

Total Cost Estimates

Below are general cost estimates for students looking to take 1 course per semester over 9 semesters, and for students looking to take 2 courses per semester for 5 semesters. Estimates are broken down into per semester and total cost to completion. Totals below assume an additional $60 in textbooks and course materials per semester.

Actual costs vary based on the number of credits taken and the number of semesters it takes to complete your program. For more information on the courses and curriculum visit the department’s page. For a full breakdown of fees, visit the Registrar's website.

Residency student taking 1 course per semester (9 semesters) Student taking two courses per semester (5 semesters)
  per semester (3-4 credit hours per semester) total cost to completion per semester (4-7 credit hours per semester) total cost to completion
Ohio Residents $2,576-$3,322 $26,916 $3,382-$5,618.50 $25,856
Non-Ohio Residents $2,776-$3,522 $28,716




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.