Master of Architecture Graduate Student Financial Support
For a Complete Breakdown of Student Tuition and Fees, please visit the Office of the Registrar website
- These figures may not be final; actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California or, as authorized, by the President of the University of California. Accordingly, final approved levels and charges may differ from the amounts shown.
For an estimated Graduate Student Budget, which includes tuition/fees, books/supplies, room/board, personal costs, transportation and health insurance, please visit the Berkeley Financial Aid & Scholarships website.
- A Note for Prospective Professional Masters Students: There is a projected Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition (PDST) increase over the next 5 years (3.5%); however, the projected increase has not yet been approved by the University of California Office of the President (UCOP). PDST is not covered by tuition remission associated with academic student employment (ASE) as a GSI, GSR, Reader or Tutor and departments are not able to provide aid to cover the PDST for all students each semester.
The Department of Architecture and UC Berkeley offer multiple types of financial support to its graduate students. The Graduate Division website describes the various forms of support, including information on Academic Student Employee (ASE) appointments and fee remissions, related salaries and appointment requirements.
Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) Appointments
- Architecture offers around twenty-five GSI appointments per semester in undergraduate and graduate level courses. These appointments are made at 25-40% time for a full five months and typically include a partial fee remission in addition to a monthly salary. Applications are announced in mid-semester for the following semester, and students in CED apply via a Department Google Form. Qualified candidates must acquaint themselves with UC policies on GSI appointments.
- The GSI Teaching and Resource Center provides more information on required courses, the first time GSI conference, and tracks eligibility.
- For GSI appointments in the Department of Architecture, Ph.D. students receive priority appointments in the area they are researching. M.Arch students will receive priority appointments with primarily Studio courses. First semester M.Arch students are typically not hired as GSIs.
Graduate Student Research (GSR) Appointments
Faculty hire GSRs based on available research funding throughout the year. GSR appointments may be short term or up to a year in length, and may or may not include a fee remission. Salary is based on the complexity of assigned work, and skill-set of the student. As faculty grants are approved at various times during the year, we encourage students to contact faculty directly and to pay attention to email notices of new GSR appointments. More information on GSR appointments can be found on Graduate Division website.
Student Assistant Appointments
- Some number of Student Assistant appointments are available during the academic year for the department. Students who have loans may convert part of their loans to Federal Work-Study thus reducing their loans by working.
- Salaries will vary depending on complexity of work assigned and skill-set required. Some Student Assistant appointments may also be short term and do not offer a fee remission.
The Department of Architecture and UC Berkeley offer multiple types of graduate fellowships:
- Some fellowships are highly competitive and granted only to incoming PhD students. Ph.D. funding is made on a case-by-case basis and involves multi-year funding packages which include a combination of teaching appts and departmental fellowships.
- Some fellowships are awarded to incoming M.Arch students by The Department of Architecture based on merit, need, and/or diversity.
- Many students also successfully apply for external fellowships and grants.
M.Arch Student awards range from the UC Graduate Opportunity Award (GOP) targeted specifically towards diversity applicants, to departmental awards such as Block Grants, PDST awards, named awards and other departmental fellowships.
Incoming M.Arch Students awards are primarily based on merit, with a select few based on diversity (GOP). The departemental awards cover some part of tuition or fees for one or two semesters in the first year. Award levels vary, and are typically provided for just the first year of study.
Other Types of Financial Aid
We recognize the cost of graduate education and the need for many students to seek out other types of aid during their studies, including obtaining loans. The UC Berkeley Financial Aid office works with students who need to learn of additional forms of funding.
International students are eligible for most Department of Architecture and UC fellowships; however they have special requirements for obtaining visa and entry to the U.S. and must show proof of funding for a minimum of one year. The Berkeley International Office offers comprehensive services to international students on obtaining visas, financial aid, housing etc.
- Incoming international students MUST ATTEND the International Graduate Students Orientation!
- The Berkeley International Office calendar lists all events and webinars.
All U.S. citizens and residents who are in receipt of any type of financial aid or fellowships MUST file the FAFSA.