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Tuition and Scholarships

Tuition and Fees

Master's Students (2022-2023)
Tuition (per unit) $1,108
University Services Fee (per semester) $194
Graduate Extension (per unit) $54

*Tuition and Fees are subject to change without notice. Please visit the Student Accounts tuition and fees page for additional charges you may incur as a student.

Religious Studies Scholarship Opportunities

Mount Saint Mary’s University is pleased to announce the availability of the following scholarship and financial aid opportunities:

Ahmanson Veteran Scholarship Initiative

The Ahmanson Veteran Scholarship Initiative (AVSI) supports the young men and women returning in record numbers from Iraq and Afghanistan, whose abilities and experience make them ideal college student candidates. Recognizing that public colleges and universities are not the perfect fit for all students and that the transition from military life to student life can have its challenges, the AVSI is designed to provide returning veterans the support needed to attend and ultimately graduate from private institutions of higher learning. Contact: William Martinez at

Graduate Merit Scholarships

The Religious Studies program at Mount Saint Mary's University offers departmental scholarships. These Scholarships are merit-based and competitive, and are awarded to new students at time of admissions. The faculty admission committee automatically considers all applicants for a scholarship opportunity. The amount of a scholarship varies depending on the promise and merit of a student’s application.

Archdioceses Tuition Reduction Program

A tuition discount of an amount specified by the University each year may be awarded to those graduate students who fulfill one of the following requirements:

Members of Catholic religious communities, Catholic diocesan priests and Catholic deacons in good standing, upon verification from appropriate religious authority.

Laypersons enrolled in graduate programs or in one of the MSMU Weekend, Evening, and Online College programs who are full-time (40 hours per week) employees of a Los Angeles Roman Catholic diocese or parish as listed in the current diocesan directory or in "The Official Catholic Directory"; (P.J. Kennedy & Sons, pub.), upon written verification of employment. This employment must be the major source of income for the student.

Laypersons who are chaplains in hospitals or prisons and who are full-time employees of a Los Angeles Roman Catholic diocese or a Los Angeles Roman Catholic institution (according to "The Official Catholic Directory"); written verification of employment required.

The student must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in order to qualify for the wavier. Workshops and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are not included in this waiver. It is the student’s responsibility to complete and submit a Tuition Discount Application form with the Student Accounts Department at the start of every semester. At the start of each subsequent term, the student will need to verify employment by submitting a copy of their most current paycheck stub attached to the Tuition Discount Application form. The discounts for eligible students will be applied after the add/drop deadline of their program.

Limited scholarships are available on a per course basis only. Contact the Director of the Graduate Religious Studies Program at 213.477.2640.

CSJ Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship is for a graduate Religious Studies student. Contact the Director of the Graduate Religious Studies Program at 213.477.2640.

Monsignor James O’Gorman Endowed Scholarship Fund


For in-service training development of lay teachers for religious instruction anywhere in Southern California

Must have completed as many as half of the required units ( which is currently 18 units) while maintaining a 3.5 GPA

Contact the Religious Studies Graduate Program Director at 213.477.2640

Robert I. and Catherine M. Ryan Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship is for a Religious Studies graduate student. Need based. The Director of the Graduate Religious Studies Program works with Student Financing to determine the recipient of the award. Contact the Director of the Graduate Religious Studies Program at 213.477.2640.

Sarah and Jack Knight Scholarship

Contact the Director of the Graduate Religious Studies Program at 213.477.2651.

Corporate Tuition Discount Program - Southern California Gas Company

Southern California Gas Company - Employees of Southern California Gas Company who are admitted to a Mount Saint Mary's University graduate program may be eligible for a 15% tuition discount. Contact Graduate Admissions for details at 213.477.2800.


Call (213) 477-2800 for more information on the all-new Master of Arts in Religious Studies degree programs. Please visit our Graduate Admissions website to learn more about admission.