Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition for the 2024-2025 academic year is $1,444 per credit. Our online Master of Sciences in Communication Disorders (M.S.) program is 54 applied graduate credits. You can expect to pay at least $77,976 in tuition over the course of your program if you are not required to enroll in foundational courses.

Foundational courses will be charged at the current tuition rate of the academic year. You can expect to pay at least $103,968 in tuition over the course of your program if you are enrolled in all 6 foundational courses (18 credits).

Tuition and fees are subject to change and may increase each academic year.

View some Financial Aid FAQs here.

Additional Fees

You can expect to pay additional fees each semester. Students are required to attend one immersion on campus in Boston and are responsible for associated travel and lodging costs in the term in which you’re enrolled in that course.

There is a $50 registration fee assessed on top of tuition per term, and there are requirements that students enrolling in graduate-level coursework will need to pay for and fulfill, such as:

  • A $50 program materials fee for test protocols used within academic and clinical courses through the program;
  • An $125 fee for access to Calipso, a web-based application that enables you to track and document clinical clock hours;
  • A $138 fee to complete health and background checks through CastleBranch in preparation for your clinical placements and on-campus immersion in Boston; and
  • A $400 nonrefundable enrollment deposit.

*CastleBranch has the ability to fulfill additional testing or background checks for additional fees that you may be required to complete on top of the Emerson College requirements in an effort to participate at certain clinical placement sites during your time in the program.


Scholarships may be available for eligible students enrolling in the program. Speak with your admissions counselor to learn more about scholarship opportunities.

Students should also conduct independent research for external scholarships, tuition assistance, and employer support if applicable.

Students enrolling in the following programs are not eligible for Scholarships or Fellowships.

  • Communication Disorders MS Online
  • Marketing MA Online
  • Content Strategy Certificate Online
  • Digital Marketing Certificate Online
  • Social Media and Digital Public Relations Certificate Online
  • Marketing Analytics Certificate Online

Outside Scholarship List of Search Engines

Below is a list of private scholarship search engines, gathered for your convenience. Many more opportunities may be found online. Since these scholarships are not offered through Emerson College, any questions should be directed to the corresponding scholarship association. Any scholarships in this list that are available to graduate students will be noted in their descriptions.

Be Cautious

Emerson does not guarantee the validity of the following information or agencies. As with any scholarship you apply for, beware of scams. The Office of Financial Aid warns students to be cautious of scholarship search firms that have any of these elements:

  • You have to pay a fee
  • Money-Back Guarantee
  • Credit Card / Bank Account Information Required
  • Offers Exclusive Information
  • Promises cash if you pay a registration fee
  • Pay a fee and they guarantee you’ll win awards
  • Pay a fee and receive a low interest rate education loan
  • Promises to replace loans with grant if you pay a processing fee

Contact us if you have any further questions. Also, you can report scholarship scams to the National Fraud Information Center (NFIC) and file a report online; call their toll-free hotline at 1-800-876-7060 or write to:

National Fraud Information Center
PO BOX 65868
Washington, DC 20035

Some or all of your award may be subject to taxation in accordance with federal, state and other regulations. For general guidance, you may refer to federal regulations included in IRS Publication 970, or contact Accounts Payable at (617) 824-8520.

If you are not a U.S. resident, Emerson College may be required to withhold taxes from your award. Please contact either the Payroll Office or Accounts Payable who will instruct you on the documentation needed to determine if you are eligible for any treaty benefits.

Please consult with an outside tax advisor if you are uncertain of the implications of this award on your personal tax situation. Emerson College is not responsible for any taxes that may arise from this award, and does not provide tax advice.

Federal Financial Aid

US citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for federal student aid through the Department of Education. At the graduate level, federal student aid includes the Direct Unsubsidized Loan and the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan.

If you plan to apply, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with Emerson’s school code: 002146. You will also need to complete Entrance Counseling and electronically sign the Loan Agreement Master Promissory Note on the Federal Student Aid website.

View our financial aid checklist here.

For more information about financial aid, visit the Financial Aid page on our college website.