Cost of Attendance for Master of Arts in International Affairs

Cost of Attendance, or a budget, is broadly defined as the average cost to attend CSULB for one academic year, which consists of the Fall and Spring semesters. The Cost of Attendance helps you and the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office determine approximately how much money you need to attend CSULB, and how much financial aid you need to meet that goal.

2023 - 2024 Cost of Attendance for MA International Affairs





Tuition and Mandatory Fees




Living Expenses (housing and food)




Books, Course Materials, Supplies, and Equipment








Miscellaneous Personal Expenses




Federal Student Loan Fees* $156 $156 $156





*While Federal Student Loan Fees are included in the Cost of Attendance, there is no requirement to borrow loans at CSULB.

The CSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU must reserve the right, even after fees are initially charged or initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees. All listed fees, other than mandatory systemwide fees, are subject to change without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All CSU listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, or the Presidents, as appropriate. Changes in mandatory systemwide fees will be made in accordance with the requirements of the Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act (Sections 66028 - 66028.6 of the Education Code).

Cost of Attendance Components

  • Tuition and Mandatory Fees: Cost paid to CSULB for courses, includes mandatory campus fees
  • Living Expenses (housing and food): The average cost per academic year to live in Long Beach while attending CSULB. Actual costs may vary by individual choices related to location and circumstances (on-campus, off-campus, living at home)
    • Commuter Room and Board reflect the lower costs of living at home
    • On-Campus Room and Board is the average housing contract amount plus the 21-meal option
    • Off-Campus Room and Board assume a roommate
  • Books, course materials, supplies, and equipment: The average cost of books course materials, supplies, and equipment per academic year. This includes the cost of a computer.
  • Transportation: The average transportation cost of traveling to and from CSULB
    • Amount does not include car payments, insurance, parking, or vehicle maintenance
  • Miscellaneous Personal Expenses: The average amount for personal expenses—from clothing and laundry to going to a movie or buying a pizza—each year
  • Federal Student Loan Fees: These are the loan fees on the average amount of federal student loans borrowed by a student in this degree program. There is no requirement to borrow loans at CSULB.

For informational purposes only: In accordance with California Assembly Bill 990, California State University, Long Beach provides the typical market cost of a one bedroom apartment in the Long Beach area: 1 Bedroom: $2,623 per month.


CSULB provides several tools to help you estimate the costs associated with earning your degree. We encourage students to use them in order to have a better understanding of the true cost of attendance.

  • Net Price and Cost Calculator
    By answering a few simple questions, the CSULB Net Price and Cost Calculator will present you with an early estimate of your full-time cost of attendance and financial aid at CSULB.
  • College Scorecard
    With the College Scorecard, you can see annual costs at CSULB that factor in room & board, student aid, and your family income.
  • CSULB Tuition and Fees
    Review the current Tuition & Fees information for CSULB.
  • University Housing and Residential Life
    Research the room and meal rates for On-Campus Housing.