USC Dornsife Spatial Sciences Institute

Tuition & Financial Aid

Benefits of Full-Time Enrollment

Students enrolled in the Spatial Sciences Institute’s online GIS graduate programs should maintain full-time enrollment (two courses per semester) at all times. Our enrollment statistics have shown that students who are enrolled full-time throughout their academic program are more engaged with their coursework, classmates and faculty. They have a greater sense of connection to the material and those working through the coursework with them, earn higher grades, and graduate on time more frequently. Full-time enrollment also benefits students as they work on research and production of a thesis.

The SSI curriculum is designed to supplement and support a student’s research efforts, and course material taken more recently will be more useful for students than older courses. The faculty and advisors at USC understand there will be instances in which a student cannot maintain full-time enrollment. In these cases, we recommend students discuss the rationale and impact with one of the student support advisors. Outside of these circumstances, full-time enrollment is a critical element of success.

Tuition 2020-2021
Cost Per Unit $1,995
Total Cost
Master of Science in GIST $55,860
Master of Science in HSGI $67,830
Graduate Certificate in GIST $31,920
Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence $31,920
Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Leadership $31,920
Graduate Certificate in Remote Sensing for Earth Observation $31,920


Application Fee: $90, non-refundable fee.

Books/Supplies: Students can expect to incur approximate additional expenses including lab fees ($554), books/supplies ($1,008), and field excursion room/board ($450) and travel ($0-$500, estimated) for applicable programs.

Health and Activities: $100 (Activities include a variety of live virtual performances, concerts, speaker series and much more.)

For additional information about tuition and fees, please visit this link.

External Scholarships and Awards

Military and Veteran Benefits

The University of Southern California is proud to support U.S. Active Duty and Veteran service members. Veteran funding and scholarships are available to eligible individuals. Visit our Military page to learn more.

Gainful Employment Disclosures

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