Pursuing a graduate education involves a significant financial investment in your academic, personal, and professional goals. Applicants considering SSP should familiarize themselves both with the cost of the program and with the avenues available to help cover these costs. SSP offers a number of funding opportunities but encourages all applicants to seek additional sources of funding beyond indicating a desire to be considered for SSP merit aid.

Tuition and Fees

The cost of SSP is comparable to that of other graduate programs in Washington, D.C. The cost breakdown below is based on 2019-20 Tuition Rates, which are subject to change in the 2020-21 academic year.

Total Cost of Degree: $77,004.00
Tuition Cost Per Credit: $2,139.00
Cost Per 3 Credit Class: $6,417.00
Full-time Student Fees: $452.00
One-Time Transcript Fee: $100.00
Student Health Insurance: $2,905.00

Graduate students at Georgetown pay tuition per credit hour; SSP is a 36-credit program. Students may enroll part-time (6 credits/semester) or full-time (9 credits per semester). Tuition per semester is as follows:

Full-time (9 credits): $19,251.00
Part-time (6 credits): $12,834.00

With the exception of the transcript fee, all fees apply only to full-time students. Health insurance is mandatory for all full-time students, though students may be eligible to waive the health insurance fee if they already have health coverage. For more information on waiving the health insurance fee, please contact Student Health Services. Additional details, including general information on billing policies and procedures, are available on the Office of Billing and Payment Services website and in the detailed tuition breakdown provided by their office.

SSP Financial Aid

Merit Aid

SSP awards a limited number of merit aid tuition scholarships to admitted students with exceptionally strong academic and professional qualifications. Awards are made to both U.S. citizens and international students enrolling in both the fall and spring terms. The average award ranges from 25 to 50 percent of tuition. Please note that SSP merit aid does not include stipends or funds to cover travel or living expenses, books, or health insurance.

Historically, roughly 20 to 25 percent of the incoming class has received merit aid scholarships.

To apply for SSP merit aid, simply check the appropriate box on the Graduate School application form. No other materials are required.

Other Programs

Georgetown and SSP are able to offer funding to certain students in association with two outside programs, the CyberCorps™ Scholarship for Service Program and the Charles B. Rangel Fellowship Program.

CyberCorps™ Scholarship for Service Program

Georgetown University has a grant from the National Science Foundation through the CyberCorps™ Scholarship for Service Program to provide scholarships to students to earn degrees critical for cybersecurity in exchange for service in the form of employment in a governmental cybersecurity position. Applications for this scholarship are handled separately from admissions to SSP. See the Georgetown CyberCorps™ website for more details about program requirements, obligations, and application.

Charles B. Rangel and Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship Programs

The Security Studies Program has an ongoing partnership agreement with the Charles B. Rangel Program and the Thomas R. Pickering Program. SSP will waive the application fee for Rangel and Pickering Fellows, and provides a 40% tuition scholarship to Fellows who are admitted to the program. To receive a fee and tuition waiver, email Director of Admissions Jessica Gershuny at jsg98@georgetown.edu.

Additional Funding

SSP also offers a limited amount of funding for students once they have already entered the program. Learn more about our funding opportunities for current students here.

Regardless of your intention to apply for SSP funding, we strongly encourage you to consider outside sources of funding. Applicants with financial need are encouraged to make timely applications for external financial support, even if they have not yet been notified about SSP financial aid decisions. Deadlines for many independently sponsored fellowships are often as early as October or November of the year before a student intends to matriculate. You can find out more about outside scholarships here.