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Tuition and Fees

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Paying for Graduate School

Upon acceptance of admission, new students pay a nonrefundable deposit of $515. This deposit is typically due four weeks after notification of admission and financial aid decisions.

The balance of tuition and fees for the academic year is billed in two equal installments. Bard Graduate Programs in Sustainability offers variety of options for financial assistance to reduce the cost of attendance. Visit our Financial Aid page to learn more. Payment plans are also available through Student Accounts.

To aid in your financial planning, below you'll find tuition and fees for our MS, MBA, and MEd Degree programs as well as Program Fees, Additional Expenses, and Refund Policy.

International Students

International students should review the international funding requirements and financial aid options on the International Applicants page.

M.S. Degree Programs Tuition + Fees

2024-2025 Tuition and Fees

First-Year Full Time Students - Includes 3+2, MS/JD, MS/MAT, Peace Corps

Expenses Billed by the College - Required
Tuition $42,088
Fees $2,395
Year-One Total $44,483
Expenses Billed by the College - Optional
Health Insurance $3,660
On-Campus Parking Permit $200
Total $3,860
Estimated Expenses - Will vary by student
Books & Supplies $400
Personal Expenses $4,000
Room & Board $13,000
Transportation $1,000
Loan Origination Fee $205
Total $18,605

Second-Year Full Time Students

Expenses Billed by the College - Required
Tuition $27,846
Fees $840
Year-One Total $28,686
Expenses Billed by the College - Optional
Health Insurance $3,660
On-Campus Parking Permit $200
Total $3,860
Estimated Expenses - Will vary by student
Books & Supplies $400
Personal Expenses $4,000
Room & Board $13,000
Transportation $1,000
Loan Origination Fee $205
Total $18,605

First-Year Part-Time Students**

Expenses Billed by the College - Required
Tuition PER CREDIT (6-12 credits/semester at $1,398 per credit)
Fees $1,145
Year-One Total $XXXXX
Expenses Billed by the College - Optional
Health Insurance $3,660
On-Campus Parking Permit $200
Total $3,860
Estimated Expenses - Will vary by student
Books & Supplies $200
Personal Expenses $4,000
Room & Board $13,000
Transportation $1,000
Loan Origination Fee $205
Total $18,405

**Part-time tuition and fees is an illustration, as schedules are customized on a per-student basis.  Part-time tuition is billed on a per-credit ($1,398/credit) basis in the first two years of the program, and fees in this estimate assume that students complete the J-term course in their second year. 

Second-Year Part-Time Students**

Expenses Billed by the College - RequiredP
Tuition PER CREDIT
Fees $1,970
Year-One Total $XXXX
Expenses Billed by the College - Optional
Health Insurance $3,660
On-Campus Parking Permit $200
Total $3,860
Estimated Expenses - Will vary by student
Books & Supplies $200
Personal Expenses $4,000
Room & Board $13,000
Transportation $1,000
Loan Origination Fee $205
Total $18,405

**Part-time tuition and fees is an illustration, as schedules are customized on a per-student basis.  Part-time tuition is billed on a per-credit ($1,398/credit) basis in the first two years of the program, and fees in this estimate assume that students complete the J-term course in their first year. 

Third-Year Part-Time Students

Expenses Billed by the College - RequiredP
Tuition $27,846
Fees $840
Year-One Total $28,686
Expenses Billed by the College - Optional
Health Insurance $3,660
On-Campus Parking Permit $200
Total $3,860
Estimated Expenses - Will vary by student
Books & Supplies $200
Personal Expenses $4,000
Room & Board $13,000
Transportation $1,000
Loan Origination Fee $205
Total $18,405

 

4+1 Students - Bard Undergraduates Only

Expenses Billed by the College - Required
Tuition $37,773
Fees

$2,315

Year-One Total $40,088
Expenses Billed by the College - Optional
Health Insurance $3,660
On-Campus Parking Permit $200
Total $3,860
Estimated Expenses - Will vary by student
Books & Supplies $400
Personal Expenses $4,000
Room & Board $13,000
Transportation $1,000
Loan Origination Fee $205
Total $18,605
 

Professional Certificate Program

Tuition* $33,552
Registration Fee $100
Facilities Fee $150
Graduation Fee $120
Security Deposit $225
Total $34,147

J-Term course is optional for Certificate students. Add $1,000 to Total Tuition if you plan to enroll in the J-Term trip to Oaxaca, Mexico.

*Certificate requires a minimum of 24 credits. Tuition reflects 24 credits. If a student enrolls in more than 24 credits, they will be billed at the per credit rate of $1,398.

Second-Year Dual-Degree Students - MS/MAT

Tuition (12 credits at $1,398 per credit) $16,776
Registration, Facilities, Graduate Fee fees will be applied to the MAT student account
Total $16,776

Second-Year Dual-Degree Students - MS/JD

Tuition (14 credits at $1,398 per credit) $19,572
Registration Fee $50
Facilities Fee $75
Graduation Fee $120
Total $19,817

 

 

M.B.A Degree Programs Tuition + Fees

Full-Time MBA: 2024-2025 Tuition and Fees

Year 1

Expenses Billed by the College - Required
Tuition $44,494 (30 credits)
Fees $1,205
Year-One Total $45,699
Expenses Billed by the College - Optional
Health Insurance $3,660
Accounting Prerequisite Exam Fee $400
Microeconomics Prerequisite Exam Fee $400
Total $4,460
Estimated Expenses - Will vary by student
Books & Supplies $500
Personal Expenses $3,000
Room & Board $20,000
Transportation $2,000
Loan Origination Fee $205
Total $25,705

Year 2

Expenses Billed by the College - Required
Tuition $41,633 (30 credits)
Fees $1,100
Year-Two Total $42,733
Expenses Billed by the College - Optional
Health Insurance $3,660
Total $3,660
Estimated Expenses - Will vary by student
Books & Supplies $200
Personal Expenses $3,000
Room & Board $20,000
Transportation $2,000
Loan Origination Fee $205
Total $25,405


Part-Time MBA: 2024-2025 Tuition and Fees

Year 1

Expenses Billed by the College - Required
Tuition $31,592
Fees $1,205
Year-One Total $32,797
Expenses Billed by the College - Optional
Health Insurance $3,660
Accounting Prerequisite Exam Fee $400
Microeconomics Prerequisite Exam Fee $400
Total $4,460
Estimated Expenses - Will vary by student
Books & Supplies $300
Personal Expenses $3,000
Room & Board $20,000
Transportation $2,000
Loan Origination Fee $205
Total $25,505

 

Year 2

Expenses Billed by the College - Required
Tuition $27,298
Fees $980
Year-Two Total $28,264
Expenses Billed by the College - Optional
Health Insurance $3,660
Total $3,660
Estimated Expenses - Will vary by student
Books & Supplies $300
Personal Expenses $3,000
Room & Board $20,000
Transportation $2,000
Loan Origination Fee $205
Total $25,505

Year 3

Expenses Billed by the College - Required
Tuition $27,284
Fees $1,100
Year-Three Total $28,384
Expenses Billed by the College - Optional
Health Insurance $3,660
Total $3,660
Estimated Expenses - Will vary by student
Books & Supplies $300
Personal Expenses $3,000
Room & Board $20,000
Transportation $2,000
Loan Origination Fee $205
Total $25,505

Students required to complete prerequisites (Introductory Accounting and/or Microeconomics) will take the courses over the summer online prior to classes starting. $400 per course is billed with fall tuition. Cost is NOT included in tuition & fees total.

Dual MS/MBA Degree Programs Tuition + Fees

2024-2025 Tuition and Fees

Year 1 - MS Coursework

Expenses Billed by the College - Required
Tuition $42,088
Fees $2,395
Year-One Total $44,483
Expenses Billed by the College - Optional
Health Insurance $3,660
On-Campus Parking Permit $200
Total $3,860
Estimated Expenses - Will vary by student
Books & Supplies $400
Personal Expenses $4,000
Room & Board $13,000
Transportation $1,000
Loan Origination Fee $205
Total $18,605

Year 2 - MBA Coursework + MS Internship

Expenses Billed by the College - Required
Tuition - MBA $43,058
Tuition - CEP $4,194
Fees $1,205
Year-Two Total $48,457
Expenses Billed by the College - Optional
Accounting Prerequisite Exam Fee $400
Health Insurance $3,660
Total $4,060
Estimated Expenses - Will vary by student
Books & Supplies $300
Personal Expenses $3,000
Room & Board $20,000
Transportation $2,000
Loan Origination Fee $205
Total $25,505

Year 3 - MBA Coursework + MS/MBA Capstone

Expenses Billed by the College - Required
Tuition - CEP $20,970
Tuition - MBA $37,098
Fees $1,100
Year-Three Total $59,168
Expenses Billed by the College - Optional
Health Insurance $3,660
Total $3,660
Estimated Expenses - Will vary by student
Books & Supplies $500
Personal Expenses $3,000
Room & Board $20,000
Transportation $2,000
Loan Origination Fee $205
Total $25,505

1.) See note above on prerequisite fees. 2.) The dual MS/MBA tuition above is meant to illustrate the overall cost of the program. Students may choose to complete the program part-time over four or five years and choose different numbers of elective courses. Schedule a call with a GPA Admissions representative to review dual program costs and financial aid options.

Advanced Certificate in Sustainable Business: Tuition + Fees

2024-2025 Tuition and Fees

Year 1

Expenses Billed by the College - Required
Tuition $21,540-$25,848 (15-18 credits)
Fees $1,295
Certificate Total $22,835-$27,143 (15-18 credits)
Expenses Billed by the College - Optional
Health Insurance $3,660
Accounting Prerequisite Exam Fee $400
Microeconomics Prerequisite Exam Fee $400
Total $4,460
Estimated Expenses - Will vary by student
Books & Supplies $200
Personal Expenses $3,000
Room & Board $20,000
Transportation $2,000
Loan Origination Fee $205
Total $25,705

M.Ed. Degree Programs Tuition + Fees

2024-2025 Tuition and Fees

First-Year Full Time Students

Expenses Billed by the College - Required
Tuition $34,668
Fees $1,445
Year-One Total $36,113
Expenses Billed by the College - Optional
Health Insurance $3,660
On-Campus Parking Permit $200
Total $3,860
Estimated Expenses - Will vary by student
Books & Supplies $400
Personal Expenses $4,000
Room & Board $13,000
Transportation $1,000
Loan Origination Fee $205
Total $18,605

Second-Year Full Time Students

Expenses Billed by the College - Required
Tuition $19,500
Fees $840
Year-One Total $20,340
Expenses Billed by the College - Optional
Health Insurance $3,660
On-Campus Parking Permit $200
Total $3,860
Estimated Expenses - Will vary by student
Books & Supplies $400
Personal Expenses $4,000
Room & Board $13,000
Transportation $1,000
Loan Origination Fee $205
Total $18,605

First-Year Part-Time Students**

Expenses Billed by the College - Required
Tuition PER CREDIT
Fees $945
Year-One Total $XXXX
Expenses Billed by the College - Optional
Health Insurance $3,660
On-Campus Parking Permit $200
Total $3,860
Estimated Expenses - Will vary by student
Books & Supplies $200
Personal Expenses $4,000
Room & Board $13,000
Transportation $1,000
Loan Origination Fee $205
Total $18,405

**Part-time tuition and fees is an illustration, as schedules are customized on a per-student basis.  Part-time tuition is billed on a per-credit ($1,398/credit) basis in the first two years of the program, and fees in this estimate assume that students complete the J-term course in their second year. 

Second-Year Part-Time Students**

Expenses Billed by the College - RequiredP
Tuition PER CREDIT
Fees $1,220
Year-One Total XXXXX
Expenses Billed by the College - Optional
Health Insurance $3,660
On-Campus Parking Permit $200
Total $3,860
Estimated Expenses - Will vary by student
Books & Supplies $200
Personal Expenses $4,000
Room & Board $13,000
Transportation $1,000
Loan Origination Fee $205
Total $18,405

**Part-time tuition and fees is an illustration, as schedules are customized on a per-student basis.  Part-time tuition is billed on a per-credit ($1,398/credit) basis in the first two years of the program, and fees in this estimate assume that students complete the J-term course in their second year. 

Third-Year Part-Time Students

Expenses Billed by the College - RequiredP
Tuition $19,500
Fees $840
Year-One Total $20,340
Expenses Billed by the College - Optional
Health Insurance $3,660
On-Campus Parking Permit $200
Total $3,860
Estimated Expenses - Will vary by student
Books & Supplies $200
Personal Expenses $4,000
Room & Board $13,000
Transportation $1,000
Loan Origination Fee $205
Total $18,405

 

 

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Explanation of Fees

All students are required to pay fees, which help to pay for a variety of services. The mandatory fees vary by program. For more information, please see the charts below for a full breakdown of fees by program.

Health Insurance:
Health Insurance is required for enrollment. It may be purchased through Bard or waived prior to enrollment for a fee waiver with proof of existing insurance. Cost is NOT included in tuition & fees total.


M.S. in Environmental Policy & M.S. in Climate Science and Policy - Breakdown of Fees 

Full-Time
  Year 1 Year 2 
Security Deposit $225 N/A
Registration Fee $100 $100
Facilities Fee $150 $150
Experiential Fee* $1,250 N/A
Prerequisite Exam $200 N/A
Health Services $470 $470
Graduation Fee N/A $120
Total $2,395 $840

*The Experiential Fee is specifically for the J-term in Oaxaca. Full-Time M.S. students pay the Experiential Fee during Year 1, when they are required to attend the J-term in Oaxaca. The Experiential Fee does not include airfare to Oaxaca.

Part-Time
  Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Security Deposit $225 N/A N/A
Registration Fee $100 $100 $100
Facilities Fee $150 $150 $150
Experiential Fee* N/A $1,250 N/A
Prerequisite Exam Fee $200 N/A N/A
Health Services Fee $470 $470 $470
Graduation Fee N/A N/A $120
Total $1,145 $1,970 $840

 *The Experiential Fee is specifically for the J-term in Oaxaca. Part-Time students pay the Experiential Fee when they attend the J-term course in Oaxaca. The Experiential Fee does not include airfare to Oaxaca.


M.B.A. in Sustainability - Breakdown of Fees

Full-Time
  Year 1 Year 2 
Security Deposit $225 N/A
Registration Fee $100 $100
Facilities Fee $150 $150
Program Fee $700 $700
Carbon Offset Fee $30 $30
Graduation Fee N/A $120
Total $1,205 $1,100

 

Part-Time
  Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Security Deposit $225 N/A N/A
Registration Fee $100 $100 $100
Facilities Fee $150 $150 $150
Program Fee $700 $700 $700
Carbon Offset Fee* $30 $30 $30
Graduation Fee N/A N/A $120
Total $1,205 $980 $1,100

*Insurance reflects 2021-2022 rates.


M.Ed. in Environmental Education - Breakdown of Fees 

Full-Time
  Year 1 Year 2 
Security Deposit $225 N/A
Registration Fee $100 $100
Facilities Fee $150 $150
Experiential Fee* $500 N/A
Health Services $470 $470
Graduation Fee N/A $120
Total $1,445 $840

 

Part-Time
  Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Security Deposit $225 N/A N/A
Registration Fee $100 $100 $100
Facilities Fee $150 $150 $150
Experiential Fee* N/A $500 N/A
Health Services Fee $470 $470 $470
Graduation Fee N/A N/A $120
Total $945 $1,220 $840

*Part-Time students pay the Experiential Fee when they attend the J-term course in the Catskills.

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Payment Schedule

Enrollment Deposit
On acceptance of the invitation to join Bard Graduate Programs in Sustainability, new students pay a nonrefundable enrollment deposit of $515 per degree (dual degree students pay two deposits). This deposit is typically due four weeks after notification of admission and financial aid decisions and applied to the first semester's tuition.

Tuition + Fees
The balance of tuition and fees for the academic year is billed in two installments based on fall and spring/summer enrollment. Billing statements reflect tuition, fees, and credits for scholarships, fellowships, and approved student loans. Tuition/fees payments are split into two installments and due in late June/late July for the fall semester and late November/late December for spring/summer semesters. Note that students enrolled in summer courses are billed with spring tuition, enabling students to use loan funding to cover tuition.

Payment Plan
Graduate students at Bard may request a payment plan that allows for 3-month or 5-month payment options. Students should review the information on this website and contact the Office of Student Accounts for additional information.

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Refund Policy

If a student chooses to withdraw, the student must submit an official notice of intention to withdraw to the Graduate Committee. The date of receipt of such a notice determines the amount of the refund (see below). 
 
No refunds of any fees are made in the event that a student withdraws from the program after registration, except as specified below: 
  • Students who officially withdraw before the first day of classes (start of workshops) for the term in question are given a full refund, minus the nonrefundable deposit.
  • If official withdrawal from the program occurs in the first week of classes or workshops, 75 percent of tuition is refunded; within the second week, 60 percent; within the third or fourth week, 30 percent. After four weeks, no refunds are given. 
  • If a student who is receiving financial aid withdraws from the program, their award or loan is prorated. Institutional fellowships are reduced by the same percentage as indicated in the tuition refund schedule above. Federal Stafford Loans are calculated according to the federal refund policy on the amount of the loan to be returned to the lender. A student who is considering withdrawal may wish to confer with the Student Accounts Office and the Financial Aid Office concerning any anticipated refund and the amount of the federal Stafford Loan that the College must return to the lender. This amount has a direct bearing on the amount of refund, if any, that the College will provide the student.
In no event is the deposit or housing payment refundable. Fees for registration, student health insurance, and facilities are also nonrefundable.

No refund is made in cases of suspension or expulsion.