Tuition and Financial Aid

The Specialized Master - Finance program requires full time enrollment, and graduate students enrolled for 8 or more credit hours per semester are assessed full-time fees/tuition.

2015-2016 Academic Year Tuition and Fees (two semesters)
Ohio Resident Instructional & General Tuition $55,632
Non-resident and International Student Instructional & General Tuition $55,642
Student Activity Fee $75
Student Union Fee $149
Recreation Fee $246
Learning-Technology Fee $522
COTA Fee $27
Ohio residents Total $56,651
Non-resident and International Student Total $56,661

Forever Buckeye

If a student graduated from an Ohio high school and will be a resident of Ohio as of the first day of the term attending, a student will be considered an Ohio resident whether they lived in Ohio prior to the beginning of the term or not. Ohio State adopted this policy beginning January 1, 2012, and it is not retroactive.

Students will need to submit a high school diploma to the Registrar once the term has begun to have their residency and fees adjusted at that time. This determination is made by the Registrar, not Admissions, and cannot be set prior to the beginning of the term.
(Ohio Revised Code: 3333.31)


Financing Your Degree

Funding Sources

Available funding is a key factor to consider when choosing your SMF program. There are two main sources with respect to paying for your SMF: merit-based and financial need-based. 

Merit Awards

There is merit-based funding available at Fisher. We offer university fellowships and Fisher scholarships. You are not required to complete a separate application to indicate interest in being considered for merit awards.

The Ohio State University Fellowships

Each year, Fisher College of Business nominates up to three highly-qualified SMF admitted students to be considered for one of The Ohio State University's first year Fellowships.

There are two fellowships that SMF students are eligible for:

  • University Fellowship
  • Graduate Enrichment Fellowship 

Alternative Funding and Loans

For additional information, please contact the Ohio State Student Financial Aid office.


Cost of Living

Ohio State is located in Columbus, Ohio, a bustling city of over 1.5 million, with extensive offerings in cultural, business, and recreational activities. Its Midwest location benefits our students with comparatively low rent and food costs.

Columbus enjoys a cost of living substantially lower than many other major U.S. cities. In the areas where many SMF students live, an average one bedroom apartment runs from $650-$850 per month. This figure will vary according to individual housing preferences.

As you plan for your SMF program, we encourage you to take advantage of resources like the Council of Graduate Student's Budget Calculator to help in your planning.