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Graduate Student Expenses

If you are admitted to LSU, you will be required to show funding for the total estimated expenses below to qualify for the SEVIS Form (I-20 or DS-2019). If you wish to enroll in courses during the summer, you should have additional funds available for tuition and fees.

Estimated expenses for international students in graduate and professional programs

This estimate is based on full-time enrollment for one academic year (9 months) and 12 months of living expenses; individual expenses will vary. When reviewing the estimates below, please remember:

  • Total expenses includes credit-hour, mandatory, and program fees only. Optional services fees, course-related fees, or miscellaneous fees are not included.
  • Tuition and fees are based on the minimum number of credit hours to maintain the F-1/J-1 student status for each program, can vary among programs, and are subject to change without notice.
  • Additional costs may be assessed depending on your course of study.
  • “Full academic year” includes the fall and spring semesters, but not summer sessions.
  • To maintain F or J student status, you must enroll as a full-time student for the fall and spring semesters.
  • International students have three additional fees that are not required for students from the United States.
    • International Student Status Compliance fee: $50 per semester. This fee supports advising and technical services to meet federal regulations and provide other essential support for international students.
    • International Cultural Center fee: $10 per semester. This fee supports orientation, arrival services and programming for international students.
    • U.S. regulations require that international students have health insurance. 

You can find the most updated and exact Tuition and Fee costs for each credit hour on the LSU Budget and Planning website.

Please click on each program heading to view the corresponding information.

Estimated Cost for Program of Study Tuition & Fees Living Expenses Books, Supplies & Health Insurance Total

LSU Master’s and Doctoral programs

(full cost)

 $29,600  $14,400 $3,600 $54,300

LSU Master’s and Doctoral programs

(with Full Assistantship)

 $2,900 $14,400 $3,600   $20,900

LSU Master’s and Doctoral programs

(with Partial Assistantship)

$12,700  $14,400  $3,600  $30,700

LSU Master’s and Doctoral programs

(with Graduate Tuition Award)

$4,100 $14,400 $3,600 $22,100

Estimated Cost for Program of Study Tuition & Fees Living Expenses Books, Supplies & Health Insurance Total

Digital Media Arts & Engineering, Master’s

(full cost)

$34,600 $14,400 $3,600 $52,600

Digital Media Arts & Engineering, Master’s

(with Full Assistantship)

$7,900  $14,400 $3,600  $25,900

Digital Media Arts & Engineering, Master’s

(with Partial Assistantship)

 $17,700  $14,400  $3,600 $35,700

Digital Media Arts & Engineering, Master’s

(with Graduate Tuition Award)

$9,100 $14,400 $3.600 $27,100

Estimated Cost for Program of Study Tuition & Fees Living Expenses Books, Supplies & Health Insurance Total

Analytics, Master’s – one-year program

(summer start, full cost)

$40,000 $14,400 $3,600 $58,000

Analytics, Master’s – one-year program

(summer start; with Full Assistantship starting in fall)

$12,900 $14,400 $3,600 $30,900

Analytics, Master’s – one-year program

(summer start; with Partial Assistantship starting in fall)

$23,100 $14,400 $3,600  $41,100

Flores MBA Program – one-year MBA

(summer start)

$45,100  $14,400  $3.600 $63,100

Flores MBA Program – full-time MBA

(full cost)

$36,300 $14,400 $3,600 $54,300

Flores MBA Program – full-time MBA

(with Full Assistantship)

 $9,000  $14,400  $3,600 $27,000

Flores MBA Program – full-time MBA

(with Partial Assistantship)

 $19,300 $14,400 $3,600  $37.300

Flores MBA Program – full-time MBA

(with Graduate Tuition Award)

$10,200 $14,400 $3,600 $28,300

Estimated Cost for Program of Study Tuition & Fees Living Expenses Books, Supplies & Health Insurance Total

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and

Veterinary Clinical Training

(12 months)

$56,600 $26,100 $3,600 $86,300

Veterinary Clinical Training

(6 months)

$28,300 $13,050 $1,800 $43,150

Note: The insurance cost is subject to change without notice.  F-1 and J-1 students are automatically charged and billed for the LSU student health insurance plan upon registration each semester. Waivers may be available to students who have insurance that meets university requirements (and U.S. Department of State requirements for J visa holders). We provide more information on the health insurance requirements in our health insurance section.

For information about on-campus housing options visit Residential Life. For information about off-campus options visit Off-Campus Housing. 

Estimated expenses for dependents

If you will be bringing your family, you will also need to be able to show proof of funds for each dependent (spouse and/or child):

  • $4,500 per dependent