Financing your education

At SIS, we know that the best and brightest future leaders in international affairs come from all academic, social and economic backgrounds. We understand that financing your education can be a challenge, which is why we offer financial support to eligible graduate students, both domestic and international, in the form of scholarships, fellowships, and stipends.

SIS also partners with organizations and individuals to provide unique financial assistance and opportunities for students who meet specific criteria required of each partnership. Information on subsidized federal loans is available through the Office of Financial Aid. The SIS graduate admission team is always available to applicants interested in learning more about planning for this important investment in your future.

Spotlight SIS Funding Opportunities

The following is a sample list of funding opportunities available to eligible students at the time of application.

Employer Matching Award:

Incoming students for SIS on-campus master's programs can apply to have their employer educational benefits matched by SIS for up to $5,000 each year for a maximum of two consecutive academic years. Availability and amount of support is budget-contingent for each admission cycle. Learn more about applying for SIS Employer Matching funding.

Leadership Engagement Award:

This award recognizes students and professionals who are members of, or have participated in, substantive global leadership or engagement programs aimed at promoting cross-cultural understanding, global collaboration and public service. Examples of these programs include, but are not limited to:

Model OAS
Model UN
World Affairs Council

Up to 10 qualified recipients will be chosen each year to receive up to $20,000 of scholarship towards their fully residential SIS master's program. Contact for information on eligibility, or to request a program flyer and instructions for applying.

Mustafa Barzani Peace Fellowship:

This fellowship supports SIS graduate students who focus on global Kurdish studies. For the Spring and Fall 2024 application terms, the fellowship will offer a minimum of $30,000 towards a student's SIS master's degree tuition.

Contact for information on eligibility or to verify the application deadline for a particular term. If you are ready to apply, submit the application right away.


Tuition and Fees

Graduate and non-degree students are charged tuition on a per credit basis. For the 2024-25 academic year, tuition is $2,000 per credit (a two-year master's program ranges from 36-42 credits). The SIS Program Fee is $750/semester (full-time students) or $500/semester (part-time students). Tuition is subject to increase on an annual basis.

Cost of attendance details

SIS Scholarships & Assistantships

Over 90% of the incoming master’s class receive some type of scholarship or research assistantship from SIS. SIS funding decisions are made based on the strength of the application and are typically released with, or soon following, the decision for admission.

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Financial Information for International Students

International students do not need to submit additional materials in order to be considered for merit-based aid. Students are required to demonstrate the ability to cover the cost of attendance prior to enrollment.

View detailed cost guide