MSQA Program Costs

Need Help paying for the program? See the Financial Assistance options below.

$13,000-$15,000Total estimated costs for the entire MSQA degree
This total does not include individual student hardware or on-line costs. Each student is responsible for the costs associated with purchasing their own computer equipment, on-line charges, required postage and faxes as needed.
Tuition for each MSQA-Online course ($330 per unit of credit)
 Note:  MSQA-Internet students do not pay "out-of-state" or regular CSUDH In-State tuition fees. International students pay the same fees as students in the United States.

Students pay tuition directly to the College of Continuing and Professional Education and NOT to the CSUDH University Cashier. Information on how to register.

Costs for books and other materials vary for each class and can be ordered from the CSUDH Bookstore and online retailers.

Approximation of other fees charged during a student's program (includes library publication fee for thesis/project)
Application Fee
Information on the Application process
Graduation fee
Other graduation costs vary depending on your level of involvement, i.e. cap and gown rental if you plan on participating in the yearly CSUDH campus commencement exercises.

Financial Assistance Options 

CSUDH has several financial assistance options available for students completing their MSQA degree. 

Federal Student Loan 

The U.S. Department of Education offers low-interest loans to eligible students to help cover the cost of higher education. Eligible students must be admitted, in good academic standing, and enrolled at least half-time (6 units) in a program leading to a degree, teaching credential, or approved certificate.   

If you are eligible for a Federal Student Loan, as a graduate student, you can only qualify for an Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan, so you are responsible for all the interest that accrues on your loan. The federal maximum a graduate student may be eligible to borrow with an Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan is up to $20,500 for the academic year. For complete information, visit:  

To apply for funding, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) The FAFSA form must be submitted by June 30 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Please note: students must reapply for financial aid for each new academic year.  

Based on the information provided on your FAFSA application, the CSUDH Financial Aid Office will determine your eligibility and the actual loan amount you may borrow each academic year. If deemed eligible, funding will come from Federal Direct Stafford Loans- The William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. These funds must be REPAID, and you will repay a Federal Direct Stafford Loan to the U.S. Department of Education. 

Private Student Loans

Private Student Loans Private student loans are available through Sallie Mae and other private student loan services. Visit or Google “private student loan providers” for specific details. 

CSUDH Scholarships 

Muriel Mantes Scholarship
The Muriel Mantes Scholarship was established to promote the continuous development of measurement science. The scholarship intent is for metrologists and laboratory associated professionals to further the applications of measurement science in our personal and professional lives.

This scholarship is open to MSQA students who are in good standing with a GPA of 3.0 or better. A total of 15 completed units of MSQA coursework are the prerequisites to apply for this scholarship.
Scholarship amounts vary depending on the number of scholarships awarded each year.
The Muriel Mantes Scholarship funds can be used for any of the following educational activities:
  • MSQA QAS classes. The preferred metrology related class is QAS 545 Laboratory Conformity Assessment. Other QAS classes are eligible for this scholarship.
  • CSUDH non-credit certificate classes. The preferred metrology related certificate program NBQA 995 Certificate of Laboratory Conformity Assessment. Other CSUDH non-credit certificate classes are eligible for this scholarship.
  • Metrology focused conferences such as:
    • MSC April 2023 in Anaheim – preferred metrology related conference
    • ASQ Measurement Division Conference October 2022 in Akron, OH
    • NCLSI 2023; location and date to be announced soon

For application details visit: (Keyword Search: “Muriel Mantes”).

Robert Sprague Foundation Scholarship for STEM Majors 
The Robert R. Sprague Foundation Scholarship for STEM Majors is awarded to students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) related fields. Amount: two $5,000 scholarships Requirements: 

  • Must be Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) related majors 

For application details visit: (Keyword Search: “Engineering”).

Industry Scholarships 

Measurement Science Conference (MSC)  The Measurement Science Conference (MSC) has an established fund to grant scholarships of up to $2,000 to students in an Engineering, Science, or Quality Assurance degree program. To learn more, visit:

Note: As a distance learning student through the online master's program, you will not be eligible for federal or state grants.