Graduate (Master or Doctoral) Costs & Financial Aid

Your total cost to attend CU Denver includes more than your tuition & fees - you will also need to consider your housing, food, travel, health insurance, textbooks, etc. Before you can apply for your US student visa, you must prove to CU Denver that you have the necessary funding to support your first year of study. 

Estimated Cost of Attendance Figures for 2023-2024

The total estimated cost includes both direct expenses like tuition and fees, and indirect expenses such as standard estimates for housing, meals, books and supplies, travel, health insurance, and incidental expenses. This is an estimate. Actual expenses may vary depending on the student’s choice of housing and lifestyle.

Please note that actual costs will likely increase for the 2024-2025 academic year and are otherwise subject to change without notice and may not reflect all costs for every program. Taking more credit hours may increase the cost of the program. Students should add $6,750 per year for each dependent family member (spouse and/or unmarried children under the age of 21) who will accompany them to the United States.

*** For cost estimates for Anschutz Medical Campus programs please contact

University of Colorado Denver - Downtown Campus Programs

Note: Estimated Costs are for a 9-month period and based on 12-18 credit hours per semester for graduate students in the College of Architecture and Planning, and 6 credit hours per semester for other graduate students.

 School/College/Program  Tuition & Fees  Living Expenses  Books & Insurance  Total/Year
Business School $19,863



Business School
(OYMBA 12-month program)
$60,893 $32,333


College of Architecture and Planning
(Master of Architecture)
$53,510 $24,250 $4,460 $82,220
College of Architecture and Planning
(Master of Science in Historic Preservation), (Master of Landscape Architecture), (Master of Urban Design), (Master of
Urban and Regional Planning)
$44,744 $24,250 $4,460 $73,454
College of Architecture and Planning
(PhD in Design and Planning)
$35,978 $24,250 $4,460 $64,688
College of Arts & Media $18,612 $24,250 $4,460 $47,322
College of Engineering, Design and Computing  $20,226 $24,250 $4,460 $48,936
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences  $18,344 $24,250 $4,460 $47,044
School of Education & Human Development $18,279 $24,250 $4,460 $46,989
School of Public Affairs $18,372 $24,250 $4,460 $47,082

Additional Financial Options

CU Denver understands that students may require extra help and effort in order to cover all of the fixed and variable costs related to studying in the U.S. Here are some resources to consider when planning to finance your CU Denver education.

Financial Wellness Program

The Financial Wellness program strives to provide resources, guidance, and activities to help students manage their money and build healthy financial habits towards stability. Take advantage of 1-on-1 financial coaching and financial workshops in order to create a budget and plan for managing your finances while studying at CU Denver.

University Payment Plan

The university offers payment plans each term that divide the remaining costs of tuition, fees, and on-campus housing into installments.

Payment Plan Information

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