Paying for Graduate School

Valparaiso University’s Graduate School offers financial assistance for new and current students including scholarships, assistantships, internships, campus employment, and even federal loans that can assist paying your costs in full.

Graduate tuition at Valpo is surprisingly affordable. As one of the highest ranked institutions in the Midwest for value and academic reputation, our costs remain lower and competitive with most private, graduate schools across the nation. The majority of our graduate degree programs can be completed either part-time or full-time within 12-24 months (37 credit hours) at a tuition cost of approximately $24,326 for the entire program. The total duration and cost varies by graduate program.

Federal loans are available to help cover the entire cost of tuition for incoming domestic students. Be sure to complete your FAFSA online before or during the admission process.

2018-2019 Graduate Tuition


Credit Hour Fee

Graduate degrees – Master’s programs


Graduate courses – Certificate programs


Master of Science in Nursing


Doctor of Nursing Practice


Master of Health Administration


Master of Business Administration (MBA)

$2,500 per 3 credit course

Master of Education in Humane Education


Master of Arts in Humane Education


*Full-time Graduate General Fee

$260 per semester (9 credits or more)

*Part-time Graduate General Fee

$125 per semester (if below 9 credits)

*The general fee is used to cover the following expenses:

 Student Senate
 I.D. Cards
 Rec Sports
 Health Services
 Union Services
 Insurance-Health & Acc
 Fitness Center
 Cultural/General Events


 Click to see a list of all fees and costs

Scholarships and graduate assistantships are available for admitted students who have submitted their application by March 31, 2018. Admitted students must display exceptional academic and/or professional achievement. Students interested in scholarships are encouraged to contact an Admissions staff member within the Graduate School at 219-464-5313 or

School Psychology and Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Students admitted into the School Psychology or Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs are eligible for merit-based scholarships up to $3,500 for the first year only. Eligibility and the amount of award will be determined by the CMHC Admissions Committee.

International Student Scholarships

International students admitted to select programs are eligible for merit-based scholarships ranging from $2,000 – $6,000.  Eligibility and the amount of award will be determined at the time of admission. If admitted and awarded a scholarship the amount will be indicated on the admission letter.

Research Assistantships

A limited number of Research Assistantships are available to students in the following programs, based on the needs of each department:

Psychology & Counseling (1 position)

School Psychology & Education (1 position)

Digital Media & Sports Media (1 position)

International Commerce & Policy (2 positions)

English Studies & Communication (1 position)

Information Technology & Management (2 positions)

These positions pair students with a faculty member in their program to work closely on an academic research paper or project.

Academic Assistantships

Academic assistantships may include such jobs as tutoring in the Writing Lab. The Writing Lab serves undergraduate and graduate students, but especially assists international students needing to improve their conversational English or complete an assigned paper. Tutors are paid hourly, and scheduling is flexible for class and other employment schedules.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships may be available for athletic teams, based on each team’s seasonal needs. Assistantships may offer partial or full tuition and/or a stipend. For more information, visit to contact athletic team coaches.

Part-Time Employment

Available positions are posted on Handshake through Career Services. Each position works closely with an element of the Graduate School’s daily operations – admissions, academic services, student events, marketing, and alumni outreach. These positions are available throughout the year as needed. Employment is based on experience in relevant fields or desired interest working within higher education.

Current Openings

  • Graduate Student Aides
  • Department Positions
  • Graduate Student Ambassadors
Positions may be posted at anytime throughout the year. Please check Handshake, Graduate School social media, and other announcements to learn about available employment opportunities available for current and incoming new students.