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Tuition & Financial Aid - Master of Dispute Resolution (MDR)
USC Gould School of Law

We know that pursuing a graduate degree requires a major commitment of both time and financial resources.

Tuition for 2021-22 for full-time students enrolling in 8 to 15 units will be charged on a flat rate basis and is $69,998 plus mandatory fees, which are detailed below. Tuition for 2021-22 for part-time students enrolling in 1 to 7 units will be charged on a per unit basis and is $2,707 per unit plus mandatory fees, which are detailed below. If you would like an estimate of your full-time or your part-time tuition and fees along with living expenses, books and supplies, please contact us at adr@law.usc.edu

2021-22 Tuition and Fee Schedule

The figures below represent the cost for a full academic year. These fees are divided equally between the fall and spring semesters unless otherwise noted.

Tuition $69,998 (flat rate up to 15 units per semester)
USC Health Center Fee $854
Graduate & International Programs Fee (Fall only) $175
Graduate Programming Fee $86
Student Bar Association Fee$50
Norman Topping Scholarship Fee$16
USC Health Insurance Plan (Can be waived, if proof of coverage provided)* $2,116 (fall = $753; spring/summer = $1,363)
Tuition Refund Insurance (Optional) $240
Parking Permit (Optional) $1,000 (estimate)
USC Dental Insurance (Optional) $136 (fall only, but coverage is for the full year)

*International Students: Please note that most international health insurance plans are not accepted. Thus, most international students purchase the USC Health Insurance Plan. Your insurance plan must meet the minimum requirements to support your visa as well as the criteria listed here.

Note: Your admission commitment deposit ($500) will be credited towards your fall tuition and fees.

2021-22 Estimated Cost of Attendance

The average cost of attendance is detailed below and includes tuition, fees, books and living expenses during the nine-month academic year.

Living On/Off Campus
Total $95,146*
Tuition $69,998 (flat rate up to 15 units per semester)
Mandatory Fees $1,181 (see above table for breakdown of fees)
Books/Supplies $2,050
Housing Rent $12,028
Meals $6,300
Personal/Misc $2,400
Transportation $2,600

*International Students: Please note that upon admission to our 2021-2022 class, you must provide proof of sufficient funds in the amount of $98,266 for the purposes of your I-20 documents for your F-1 student visa.

USC Gould Scholarships

USC Gould School of Law offers highly selective merit scholarship opportunities to outstanding students who represent the exceptional quality and diversity within our Graduate & International Programs student body.

All applicants to our programs are automatically considered for each of our scholarship awards and no additional documents are required. No separate application is necessary, but you are welcome to submit a brief letter with your degree application to highlight your qualifications.

Scholarship offers are released via email at the time of admission.

Dispute Resolution Scholars Award: Awards ranging from half to full tuition offered to exceptional applicants admitted to our LLM in ADR or MDR degree programs who demonstrate strong interest or experience in the area of conflict resolution.

Weinstein JAMS International Fellowship Award: A half-tuition award offered to one or more applicants who have been granted a Weinstein JAMS International Fellowship.

Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Award: A half-tuition award offered to one or more applicants who have participated as student, coach or arbitrator in the annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot competition in Hong Kong or Vienna.

Global Impact Scholarship Award: Our half-tuition award offered to applicants from underrepresented countries to support extraordinary students who show promise of making a significant contribution to the international legal community.

Dean's Academic Excellence Award: Merit based awards offered in varying amounts up to 30 percent of tuition, in recognition of strong academic achievement and promise of making a meaningful contribution to our law school community.

USC Gould Africa Scholarship Award: A full-tuition award offered to one or more exceptional applicants from Africa.

USC Gould Europe Scholarship Award: A full-tuition award offered to one or more exceptional applicants from Europe.

USC Gould Latin America Scholarship Award: A full-tuition award offered to one or more exceptional applicants from South America, Central America and Mexico.

USC Gould Pacific Rim Scholarship Award: A full-tuition award offered to one or more exceptional applicants from Australia, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong SAR China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

USC Gould Brazil Scholarship Award: A full-tuition award offered to one or more exceptional applicants from Brazil.

Mexico Graduate Scholarship Awards: A $10,000 scholarship offered to applicants who are accepted to the CONACYT-FUNED joint program loan.

USC Housing Stipends

Students who apply by our priority deadline of March 1 will be automatically considered for our USC housing stipend, which is available in varying amounts and may be used toward your on campus or off campus housing.

As with any of our scholarship awards, you do not need to submit a separate application to be eligible. Students may receive both a Dean's Academic Excellence Award and the USC housing stipend.

Outside Scholarships

USC's Office of Academic Honors and Fellowships oversees a number of scholarship, fellowship, and other funding opportunities for graduate students, many of which are open to students in USC Gould's Graduate & International Programs. You may search the Awards and Fellowship Database for opportunities specific to your interests.

We also encourage you to explore financial aid from additional sources in the U.S. or your home country. In order to assist you, we have set forth a list of outside scholarship resources for your reference. While we do not have further information on these organizations nor do we endorse any, we do encourage students to contact the organizations themselves for more information.

Federal Loans

U.S. citizens and permanent residents who wish to pay for school through loans from the U.S. government must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA can be completed as early as October 1 of the year prior to the year in which you intend to enroll, and should be completed as early as possible. USC's school code is 001328.

After you have successfully completed the FAFSA, and have been admitted, you will receive an electronic notification from USC Gould's Office Financial Aid with additional information and instructions on the federal loan application process. For additional details about the student loan options available to graduate students, please refer to http://financialaid.usc.edu/loans/.

Private Loans

USC's Office of Financial Aid offers information about private educational loans.