Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition and Financial Aid

For over 80 years, Michigan State University's School of Criminal Justice has delivered exceptional educational experiences designed to help our students become world-class leaders, researchers and practitioners. Earning an advanced degree from MSU is an investment in your future that offers dividends for years to come.
We're committed to helping you fund your studies by offering a range of resources like automatic scholarships and U.S. military benefits. We also accept federal student aid for students who qualify.
You can fill out the form to learn more and find additional details about tuition and aid below.

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          Tuition Fee Schedules

          Earning an advanced degree from Michigan State University (MSU) is an investment in your future that offers dividends for years to come. To estimate your tuition, multiply your total number of credit hours by your program’s cost per credit.


          Explore Program Tuition Rates

          Review the costs for each program at MSU.

          Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Online Tuition*

          Cost Per Credit Hour

          $832 USD

          Total Number of Credit Hours

          30 credits

          Total Estimated Cost, Minus Fees

          $24,960 USD


          Master of Science in Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysis Online Tuition*

          Cost Per Credit Hour

          $832 USD

          Total Number of Credit Hours

          30 credits

          Total Estimated Cost, Minus Fees

          $24,960 USD


          Master of Science in Cybercrime and Digital Investigation Online Tuition*

          Cost Per Credit Hour

          $832 USD

          Total Number of Credit Hours

          30 credits

          Total Estimated Cost, Minus Fees

          $24,960 USD


          Graduate Certificate in Cyber Criminology and Cyber Security Online Tuition*

          Cost Per Credit Hour

          $867 USD (in-state)

          $1,111 USD (out-of-state)

          Total Number of Credit Hours

          15 credits

          Total Estimated Cost, Minus Fees

          $13,005 USD (in-state)

          $16,665 USD (out-of-state)


          Fees and Additional Costs (Subject to Change Without Notice)

          Application Fee

          $65 USD

          Student-Voted Taxes and Service Fees

          Approximately $20 USD per semester

          Other Non-Specified Costs

          Textbooks and other supplies, personal expenses and loan fees.

          View MSU’s tuition page for additional details.

          *Additional fees may apply. Total estimated cost is based on current tuition rates which are subject to change without notice

          Financial Aid

          Did you know that from Fall 2018 to Spring 2019, MSU offered almost 50,000 students nearly $1 billion total in financial aid?

          The MSU Office of Financial Aid strives to make our online degrees accessible and affordable. We’re here to support you as you take your next step, and can connect you with financial aid, scholarships, grants, military benefits and more.


          Your first step is to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online after October 1 in your enrollment year.

          When you apply, use MSU’s school code: 002290.

          FAFSA evaluates your eligibility for need-based aid, including federal loans, and connects you with grants and scholarships.

          Note that you need to reapply annually to continue receiving aid.

          Military Benefits

          If you’re a United States military veteran, you may be eligible for benefits through the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill® and the Yellow Ribbon program.

          These programs can help you cover your tuition and fees, as well as expenses such as books, room and board, and other costs you incur as you earn your degree.

          Learn more at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.



          All admitted students are automatically considered for scholarships. Your application for admission, including the required essay, is sufficient for award consideration in most instances.

          We also provide students with a searchable MSU database of hundreds of scholarships awarded by individual colleges and departments.

          You can also apply external scholarships toward your education, and we recommend applying as soon as you can to as many as you can.

          International Students

          MSU offers a limited amount of financial aid to international students, but not enough to cover the full cost of a program.

          Unfortunately, international students are ineligible for U.S. Federal Financial Aid.

          However, we can connect you with non-MSU organizations that offer scholarships, grants and loans to international students.

          If you have any questions about financial aid at MSU, request more information or call toll-free (833) 725-1354 to speak with our admissions team.

          Employer Tuition Reimbursement

          As you consider earning your degree with MSU, remember your employer might offer tuition reimbursement to help you cover all or part of your educational costs. This is a perk many companies provide to help attract and retain great employees.

          Ask your human resources department or direct manager if tuition reimbursement is an option. If you need help convincing them of the value of an online degree from MSU, share these four benefits with them.

          4 Ways an Online Degree Benefits You and Your Employer

          Put your new skills to work right away.

          Earning an advanced degree is one of the quickest ways to earn new skills. While you learn with MSU, you’ll bring fresh perspectives and competencies to work in real time, directly benefiting your employer and your performance.

          Help your employer save money.

          The IRS offers sizable tax benefits to companies that offer educational assistance to their employees. Plus, by advancing your education, you ensure your company doesn’t need to interview, hire and train someone else who might have the skills you’re learning already.

          Study on your schedule.

          By learning online, you can study wherever and whenever you please, so you don’t need to quit your job or cut back your hours to earn your degree. Learn from home and around the clock.

          Experience an internationally ranked education.

          MSU is recognized as a top research university and a leader in international engagement. Our distinctions include:

          • Ranked No. 6 Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Program by U.S. News & World Report, 2023
          • Ranked No. 35 among public universities and No. 85 overall in U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2019 report.
          • Ranked in the Top 100 Best Global Universities by U.S. News & World Report, placing 90th out of 1,400+ universities worldwide.