Online Program Fees and Financial Aid
Tuition for Berkeley Public Health’s Online Program is $1,216 per unit, with a minimum of 42 units required to graduate. The total cost of the program is approximately $55,000, including campus fees.
- Campus fees apply to both U.S. citizens and international students
- Document fee (first semester only): $92
- Berkeley Campus fee (each semester): $700.50
Additional Program Costs
You are responsible for additional costs including books, visas and travel expenses related to the program’s required on-campus visits. You are also required to own or have access to a personal computer. You may request a loan from the UC Berkeley Financial Aid Office to cover the computer cost.
Federal or private student loans are available. Apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and including UC Berkeley’s federal school code: 001312.
Financial Aid Guidelines
- We suggest that you complete the FAFSA even if you are not sure you will need or want any aid from the UC Berkeley Financial Aid Office. You can decide later whether to accept aid for which you are eligible.
- Please note: Graduate students are considered independent; parent information should not be included on your FAFSA.
- Please be sure to submit your FAFSA by the priority deadline to ensure timely processing and the best financial aid package, including work-study awards, Perkins grants and Parent grants.
- Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents may apply for funds administered by the UC Berkeley Financial Aid Office.
Financial Aid Notifications
In late April or May, the UC Berkeley Financial Aid Office will notify you about your award including information on disbursement of awards, how to make changes or appeals, and other options. You may also be asked to submit additional documents.
Questions? Consult the Graduate Award Guide on the UC Berkeley Financial Aid website.
When it comes to financing your degree, one option is to ask your employer for assistance. While your employer may be willing to support you, many companies don’t have a formal policy for tuition reimbursement, or if they do, it may be vague or not well communicated.
However, many students can and do receive financial assistance from employers.
Requesting Sponsorship Guidelines
Look for any existing information on tuition reimbursement at your company—but don’t give up if you don’t find a formal policy. Your company may offer financial compensation for professional development or training, and that may include Berkeley Public Health’s Online Program.
You’ll likely need to approach and work with the person who makes these kind of financial decisions at your organization. If he or she doesn’t know you well, you’ll also want an advocate who can support your sponsorship request.
Find out if anyone else in your organization has received compensation for an advanced degree or if other companies in your field help employees with educational goals. Other employees with an MPH degree—particularly those who have been through your particular program—may also be able to help or write a formal letter of support.
This is not the time to be modest. Present proof of your contributions and accomplishments over time to make clear your positive impact on the organization.
With all you’ve accomplished before earning your business degree, think about what you could do during and after your studies. Provide your employer with a curriculum outline that illustrate the skills you’ll gain in everything from leadership and strategy, to finance and marketing.
Our program ensures each executive class includes students from a variety of industries and job functions. This yields a multitude of insights on strategy and innovation you might not be exposed to within your own industry.
Try to present your request as a negotiation that is aimed at meeting both your needs and your employer’s needs. For example, some employers agree to offer financial assistance in return for an employment contract specifying a length of time you will remain at the company.
Dean’s Health Equity and Leadership Award
The Dean’s Health Equity and Leadership Award provides multi-semester financial support for students enrolling in the school’s Online MPH graduate program. Eligible students will demonstrate outstanding leadership and/or impact in one or more of the following areas: social justice, health equity, community service, and capacity-building in the field of public health. This award will be extended to admitted students who demonstrate the need for financial support in order to fund their education. Students will be asked to submit a formal Request for Financial Support letter highlighting how Berkeley Public Health’s online MPH degree will support their professional growth and increase impact in the field of public health. This aid will be spread across the program’s seven terms.
The Dean’s Health Equity and Leadership award program provides up to $20,000 of financial support to students enrolled in our Online MPH program.
Please address the following three topic areas in your Request for Financial Support letter:
- Professional and career goals in public health (150 words): Please include how the context of your academic and professional achievements to date inform your current professional and career goals. Consider barriers to or opportunities for advancement.
- Capacity to work with diverse and underrepresented communities to promote health equity (200 words): Please provide an example of how you have worked with a community to address an issue of importance to community members’ wellbeing or differential access to resources and opportunities. Please describe how you collaborated and communicated with community members, including your approach to responding to challenges that emerged during the process.
- Public Health Impact (300 words): Describe how you envision your time in our Online MPH program will help build your leadership skills to respond to the public health needs of historically underrepresented populations, including an intent to address health disparities associated with racial and gender inequality, educational access and achievement, political engagement, economic justice, social mobility, civil and human rights, immigration status, inclusive and participatory public health practice, and/or other questions of interest to historically underrepresented groups.
Please submit your Dean’s Health Equity and Leadership scholarship request here.
Note: In order to qualify for this scholarship, please complete the Economic Background portion on your admissions application.
Any questions about this program may be directed to our admissions coordinator.