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Globally affordable,
whatever your situation

Quality education, wherever you are.
the less you pay – and the sooner you graduate with a degree.

The faster you advance,

Monthly tuition tailored to you

Earn a recognized degree at a reasonable cost.

Our promise is to make tuition affordable,

wherever you are.

We adjust fees to your local market, meaning a low monthly fee for a quality program.

Through extensive analysis, we believe that tailoring the price to the market will help you move forward in

life while helping us achieve our mission.

Achieve your potential Apply for a scholarship
Potential, talent and drive exist in every corner of the world. But right now, opportunity doesn’t. We’re making it easier for you to achieve your goals.
“I’m happy to be part of the
movement towards the next
generation of education. And I
encourage others to join.”
Madonna Johnny , DBA 2019
The more time you invest, the less you pay

At MSU , you progress at a flexible pace. If you're committed, depending on how much time and work you want to put into your studies, you can advance faster than the average. In some cases you’ll be able to take more than one course at a time. Please note that you’ll need to maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 to do so.

With good grades, you can choose from two options to complete your degree faster: our Guided and Accelerated Learning Paths.

Admission Requirements
Calculate your total tuition
Because you can take our programs at a flexible pace and you pay a monthly fee tailored to local economic factors, the total cost of your education will depend on your specific situation.
It will also depend on the program structure and the time you can dedicate each week. Pay monthly or in six month installments.
Or pay 12 months upfront to save 3% on your annual tuition.

Use our calculator to see what you would pay over time.

How prices at MSU compare
A MSU degree costs up to 68% less than the most affordable online American university.
We keep your costs low and your return on your investment high because it’s our aim to become the largest and most affordable online American university in the world. We understand that cost is a major decision factor.

The chart is based on MSU tuition as of January 2019. Actual results will vary depending on the pace of learning, and the number of terms needed to complete the program. Tuition rates were gathered from competing university websites during 2017. 2

MSU is in no way affiliated to any of the universities mentioned above and our information is solely based on published information on their respective websites. We have not conducted any further analysis on any aspect related to any of the universities mentioned.

How Tuition Works

At MSU  you have full control of your costs. You pay a flat fee whether you take one course or three courses. It’s completely up to you. No hidden exam fees at the end of a semester; we don’t have semesters! Programs start on the first of every month.

We'll give you access to the MSU Learning Environment at least six days before your course start date. During this time, you'll take MSU Orientation and familiarize yourself with technology, support, and your courses. Please note that from your access date, you have a maximum of 10 or a minimum of six consecutive days access free of charge.

What Tuition Covers
  • All course content
  • 24/7 access to your personalized profile on NexLE
  • Course assessments
  • Success Advisor support
  • Faculty course support
  • Business case studies including those from Harvard
Traditional university is exclusive and impossible for many
We don’t believe you should miss out on a life full of possibilities because of where in the world you’re based.

Governments across the globe can’t subsidize quality higher education; they can’t afford to lend.

Meanwhile, there are more than 44 million borrowers who collectively owe $1.5 trillion in student loan debt in the US alone.

We don’t want you to feel that higher education is out of your reach.

Would you rather a fancy campus or a globally affordable education?

A next-generation experience doesn’t have to be expensive.

We’re born different and efficient, using the right technology to prioritize learner success over profitability from day one. We only invest in what will benefit you.

Because we’re exclusively online, we’re cost-efficient: saving you time and money on travel.

And we don’t waste your tuition on expensive classroom buildings, a campus, and other non-academic programs.

It’s the extras of a traditional university education that account for most of the fees.

Our quality programs for a modest price save you tens of thousands of dollars.

Tuition What To Expect

Apply any time you want. Complete the online application, upload the supporting documents or email them and pay the one-off fee of $99– via credit or debit card. Take advantage of our free official evaluation of your international transcripts and diplomas, saving you up to $180+ plus delivery fees, based on competitive international evaluation agency rates. Also benefit with our in-house translation service for your transcripts and diplomas at no cost.

Wait for your offer

We'll tell you within seven days whether you've been accepted, or if we need more information from you. If you're accepted, the next step is enrollment. If you're not successful, we'll communicate why – and if and when you should re-apply.


When you're accepted, you have 30 days to return your enrollment agreement and make your tuition payment. Please note that we ask that you pay three months in advance, so you never have to worry about falling behind with your payments.

Assess your skills

At this stage, you have the option to take a free online self-assessment — the Diagnostic Assessment and Achievement of College Skills (DAACS) during your application. DAACS helps you self-assess important areas, such as your level of comfort with an online environment and your English language communication skills — all essential skills for your success.

Complete orientation
Once you've completed these steps, you'll be ready to start MSU Orientation. Orientation is designed to help you:


  • Learn about MSU online learning environment, where you'll take academic courses, view your records, and make tuition payments
  • Discover MSU academic programs, including advice on choosing the right academic path for you
  • Understand our academic and code of conduct policies
  • Find out about the different kinds of support resources, from faculty course-based advising to your dedicated Success Advisor.
“I really can't think of a better Admissions Team than MSU
prompt, attentive and meticulous! I can now commence my MSU MBA program application!”
Alberto Goseph , Usa, MBA candidate
Top Tuition FAQs
Got a specific question? Check out our most popular FAQs.

Madison State University  is a mission-driven organization established as a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC). This means while we’re for-profit, we prioritize public benefit over profit. MSU only becomes profitable at scale, which means that we’ve designed our business model to sustain financial losses over a number of years in exchange for public benefit and long-term profits.
In addition to our mission, we’re affordable thanks to our customer-centric model, how efficiently we operate and how we leverage cutting-edge technology. MSU was established to make exceptional higher education more accessible. You only pay for the time you’re enrolled at MSU , not for each course you take. This means if you take two courses at a time you’ll pay the same fee you’d pay if you were taking just one –saving money. Finish your program faster, you’ll pay even less. And we won't slow you down. If you’re performing well and your grades are good, we encourage you to progress as quickly through your program as you can, depending on how you're doing. After all, we want you to succeed.

Online institutions vary in quality, so you're right to ask the question. MSU  is trustworthy and legitimate because it has been reviewed by and granted a license to operate as an institution of higher education by the District of Colorado Higher Education Licensure Commission. We're also accredited by Accreditation Service for International Colleges, which is an international accreditation. If you're a learner in the US, you wouldn't be granted federal aid at MSU  . It’s worth adding that our pricing model is designed to eliminate the need for federal financial aid in the first place!

MSU  graduates are just as qualified as any traditional university degree holder, and they’re also likely to have more relevant competencies. The kind that modern employers urgently require. Our academic programs are designed based on industry and employment needs. We align with real employers to equip you with the skills to thrive in today’s workplace.

Yes, we do. Potential, talent and drive exist in every corner of the world. But right now, opportunity doesn’t. That’s why we’re making it easier for you to achieve your goals with MSU  scholarships.

Scholarships help learners who are academically prepared for college but who lack the financial means to attend.

Read more about scholarships. Please note that you’ll need to meet the criteria and our admission requirements.

Unlike traditional universities, with their quarter or semester systems, MSU academic calendar enables you to complete just as many courses, in a similar timeframe, but to do so without taking all of them at once.

Not having to take three or four courses at the same time allows you to really focus on each course and thoroughly master its content.  It also means you can balance your studies with other areas of your life.  And if you are able to pursue an Accelerated Learning Path by taking multiple courses concurrently, it enables you to move very rapidly through your program.

Every MSU course is structured as a series of six ordered modules, with each module building on the one before. In addition to course assignments, at the end of each module, you must also complete an assessment to demonstrate your mastery of course content.

When you begin your course, all six modules will be open to you so you can see what lies ahead. However, you’ll be expected to complete all six modules, including their assessments, in order – and you must complete all six before you can start the last component of the course. Every course culminates with a major final project that ties all your learning together and focuses on a relevant real-world scenario.

Everything you need to know about any course, you’ll find on the syllabus posted on the course website. And if anything is unclear, don’t worry.  You’ll have plenty of opportunities to ask your course advisors questions.

What’s course-based advising? Simply this: there are people in your courses who you can reach out to any time to discuss questions or concerns you may have, whether they be minor ones. Who are your course advisors? Your professors! Who better to support you than the people who are expert in the subject matter you’re studying, and guiding your learning experience. In much of the world, the relationship between professors and learners is a distant one. But not at MSU .

We won’t be able to provide updates on your application while it’s still under review. However, we guarantee you’ll learn the outcome of your admission review within just seven days of when you apply.

The EF Standard English Test is a free online English test designed to meet the same high technical standards as the other standardized tests in the field, such as the TOEFL or IELTS. The test takes just 50 minutes and you don't need to do any preparation work. If you pass, you’ll receive an internationally recognized EF SET certificate.

Here are some tips to help you:

  1. The test may begin with difficult reading or listening questions – but don’t worry! Just move on if the questions are too hard
    2. You won’t lose points for wrong answers, but try to decide on the best choice
    3. Don’t spend too long on one reading or listening task – remember you have 25 minutes to complete each section and within each section, you'll have multiple questions.

Yes, of course you will! Before you join MSU  global community, you'll get to know our learning environment, our academic programs, and our extensive support resources. MSU  Orientation is inspired by a typical MSU  class, divided into six modules and built in MSU  online learning environment, NEO. Each module focuses on a different subject and features various informative videos. After completing a module, you’ll complete a short assessment to see if you understood the information covered – don’t stress; they’re only there to help you focus. The purpose of our orientation is for you to feel confident and comfortable before starting your first class at MSU  .

Invest in your future, not in a campus. Having a MSU campus would increase our costs and, therefore, we would need to raise your tuition. Our learners are our main concern. We keep our operating costs low by being a 100% online, next-generation university. This way, we don’t need to maintain expensive classroom buildings, a campus you don’t need, and other expensive add-ons.

As steve hall, MSU founder and CEO, says: “Imagine a world where students could opt out of utilizing or accessing expensive new campus facilities in exchange for a lower yearly tuition.” You don’t need to imagine any longer. That’s precisely what we’re doing.

Yes! We know that graduation is a time to celebrate your success with your friends, family and loved ones, so while our programs are 100% online, you’ll have an opportunity to celebrate at a ceremony close to home. We won’t ask you to travel, get a visa or pay expensive fees to join in with this celebratory event!