Tuition and Financial Aid

UCLA MAGIST offers many financial aid and support resources and opportunities, including scholarships and grants, to help make this next step in your professional journey as affordable as possible.

Funding opportunities specific to the MAGIST program include both merit and need-based awards for which most MAGIST applicants will be automatically considered.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for the MAGIST program is charged at a rate of $944 per unit for incoming students.  Assuming this per-unit rate, a typical four credit MAGIST course costs $3,776.

Given that MAGIST belongs to a unique type of graduate degree program developed without the use of state funds, tuition is the same for California residents and non-residents.

Additional campus fees may be assessed in addition to tuition.

Funding Opportunities for MAGIST Students

In addition to the many financial aid options offered by the UCLA Financial Aid and Scholarships office, MAGIST offers a series of innovative scholarship and grant opportunities exclusively for MAGIST students.  Most students will be automatically considered for program-specific scholarship opportunities, including general need-based and merit-based recruitment awards, upon application.

MAGIST Scholars Program

The MAGIST Scholars Program offers partial to full-tuition scholarships to incoming students who both (1) identify as a member of an underrepresented minority community and (2) articulate a plan for using GIS and geospatial technology in the interest of the public good.  Specific award amounts vary and will depend upon merit considerations and demonstrated financial need.

MAGIST True Bruin Grant

Students who have completed the UCLA Department of Geography’s undergraduate minor in GIS&T or the UCLA Extension GIS and Geospatial Technology Certificate Program will automatically receive a grant in the amount of $3,700 to cover the cost of completing one MAGIST course.

MAGIST Technology Grant

Students with demonstrated financial need will be eligible for grants which can be used to subsidize, if not completely cover, the technology-related costs that students incur as a result of enrolling in MAGIST.  This may include funding to offset the cost of broadband Internet access for a student’s home or cover the cost of purchasing a suitable laptop computer.

Financial Aid Advising

Prospective and admitted students have access to student advisors who can provide guidance on securing funding for a MAGIST education.  Prospective students interested in learning more about MAGIST funding opportunities are encouraged to request more information about the program.