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Tuition and Financial Aid


2024-2025 Year*

Total cost-to-degree = $72,328. This amount covers tuition for four quarters (a one-year program).

Per credit fee (for part-time students) = $6,027

*The School of Communication sets tuition in the spring for the subsequent academic year. Tuition increases will be posted as soon as they are finalized

Financial Aid

Program-Based Funding

A limited number of merit-based scholarships are available from the MA in Sound Arts and Industries program at the time of admission. To be considered for a scholarship, applicants are asked to submit 1-10 examples of work that relate to their interest in sound. Examples of audio or time-based media should not exceed 10 minutes in length for all examples submitted. Examples of work that are not audio or time-based media should not exceed 3 pages per project with a limit of up to 5 projects. For each example submitted, please include your role(s) in the project. Any media not created solely by you must be credited.

Examples of acceptable audio or time-based media may include but are not limited to the following:

  • clips from finished or in-progress podcasts/audio drama
  • audio documentary
  • video documentation of video games
  • film or other media
  • clips of musical score and/or sound design from film and/or video games
  • instrumental, electronic, and/or vocal performance recordings or videos of self or others
  • field recordings
  • recordings of live performances that the applicant designed and/or engineered
  • recordings, videos, and/or photographs and accompanying artist statement of installations/exhibits

Examples of non-time-based audio or media may include but are not limited to the following:

  • scripts for podcasts
  • screenplays
  • academic research papers

For applicants with non-sound related academic or professional experience who are unsure of what type of work samples to include, email

Scholarship award amounts will be included in the admission offer letter. As a professional degree program, there are no teaching or research positions available.

Additional Funding Resources

External Fellowships/Scholarships: The Northwestern Office of Fellowships lists fellowships for both domestic and international students that have previously been awarded to Northwestern students. They also provide a list of other databases and resources that students may find helpful when looking for further funding opportunities.

Outside Scholarship Information: Please note that some deadlines for financial assistance may be earlier than admissions deadlines. Pay close attention to eligibility requirements, application procedures, and deadlines. The following are several web sites devoted to outside scholarship search information:

  • FastWeb: lets students create a personalized profile that can be matched against a database of scholarships
  • Peterson’s: a database of scholarships
  • a free scholarship search service, and financial aid resource

Graduate Student Loans: Domestic students interested in graduate student loans should contact the Evanston Graduate Financial Aid Office for information. The following are several web sites devoted to financial aid information:

Please note: The MA in Sound Arts and Industries program is administered under the School of Communication and is not affiliated with The Graduate School. Please do not contact TGS regarding financial aid.

If you have questions, please contact us at 847-467-5267 or