Full-time Program
Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition for the full-time MSIT program includes not only the cost of instruction, but also books and other classroom materials, orientation and graduation events, meals and refreshments on class days, resources provided by the staff, and a variety of Northwestern University services.

Full-Time Options

Tuition costs are based on what full-time option you decide you to enroll in. Please review the following 2016-2017 tuition costs below based on program options.

three-quarter option

  • Tuition per quarter: $15,816 (3-4 courses)
  • Total tuition cost: $47,448

four-quarter option

  • Tuition per quarter: $15,816 (3-4 courses)
  • Final 4th quarter tuition: $5,684 per course (if taking 1-2 courses)
  • Total tuition cost: $63,264 (less if taking 1-2 courses in final 4th quarter)

Please note: The MSIT program does not offer any financial aid, stipends, or teaching assistantships.

Cost of Living

The Northwestern University International Office estimates the campus-wide living cost (room, board and health insurance only) for nine months for 2015-2016 as $17,135. If you would like to learn more about the projected cost of living and additional expenses to consider for the full-time Master of Science in Information Technology program, please email us at MSIT@northwestern.edu.

Health Insurance

All full-time students must be enrolled in the University’s health insurance plan, which will cost each student an additional $3,799 for coverage from September 1, 2016-August 31, 2017.


New and returning students will be able to complete the online student health insurance requirement starting July 1 in CAESAR (the NU student accounts system). This online enrollment access will be available to students until October 1.

Please note: If a student has been billed for the 2015-16 NU/Aetna Student Health Insurance premium, and wishes to opt out of the Aetna plan with qualifying health insurance, the student can still opt out by contacting the NU Insurance Office before October 1. An existing health insurance plan must meet specific requirements for a student to qualify to “opt out”.  If you have any questions please contact the NU Insurance Office.

Financial Resources

If you have any questions regarding financial aid, please contact Student Financial Services.