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New Mexico State University
Graduate Catalog


All costs are given for one term. The University reserves the right to change any of the charges without notice.


New Mexico
Fall or Spring Term
12-18 credits $3,256.80 $9,770.40
7-11 credits, per credit or over 18 credits 271.40 814.20
1-6 credits, per credit (6 credit max) 271.40 814.20
Summer Term
9 to 12 credits $2,442.60 $2,442.60
1-8 credits, per credit or over 12 credits 271.40

Tuition and fees for auditing classes are the same as above. Short courses, workshops, and institutes are treated as completely separate sessions with varied credit rates.

Additional Fees

Graduate admission application fee $40.00
International student admission application fee 50.00
International student orientation fee 50.00
Distance education course fee (per credit) 25.00
ASNMSU Fee (Fall / Spring 1-11 credit enrollment) 33.50
ASNMSU Fee (Summer 1-8 credit enrollment) 12.40
Graduate Wellness/Fitness fee (Fall/Spring 9-11 credits) 15.50
Course examination fee (per credit) 271.40
Certificate degree fee 10.00
Master or Doctorate degree fee. 35.00
Degree application late filing fee. 25.00
Thesis binding fee (3 copies) 38.50
Late Registration Fee Base Cost 25.00
Thesis binding molecular biology / astronomy majors (4 copies) 48.50
Dissertation microfilming/binding fee (3 copies) 79.00
Dissertation molecular biology / astronomy majors (4 copies) 89.00

Course Fees (fees assessed per course)

See each term's Registration Guide for a list of courses with additional fees. Applied Music courses - see Music section of catalog.

Mandatory International Student Fees

All international students are required to have Student Health Center coverage and to purchase the student accident and health insurance unless otherwise covered by comparable health and accident insurance approved by International Student Services. International students will be required to purchase health insurance for spring and summer during spring registration unless they have applied for spring graduation. All International graduate assistants are required to have supplemental health insurance. (See optional fees below.)


Wellness/Fitness Fee

The Wellness/Fitness Fee is included in tuition for Las Cruces Campus full-time students. Options for part-time students enrolled at Las Cruces campus include:

Wellness Fitness
Term pass for student enrolled in 6-11 credits $79.00 $40.00
Term pass for student enrolled in 1-5 credits 105.00 53.00
Single visit for student enrolled in 1-11 credits 35.00 5.00

The Wellness fee grants access to the Student Health Center with charges accruing for medications, lab work, testing or procedures. The Fitness fee grants access to the Student Activity Center.

Supplemental Health Insurance

Students who have access to the Student Health Center may choose to purchase a commercial insurance policy endorsed by NMSU. This insurance is intended to supplement the Student Health Center service. Dependent coverage is not available through NMSU but may be purchased directly from the insurance company; however, dependents of students are not eligible to use the Student Health Center. Insurance information is available at

Graduate Assistant Health Insurance Benefit Program

New Mexico State University offers health insurance to graduate assistants including teaching assistants, research assistants and graduate assistants employed by student services and other support units on campus. The University covers seventy percent of the cost of the health insurance plan and graduate assistants cover the remaining thirty percent. To be eligible for the Graduate Assistant Health Insurance Benefit Program, graduate assistants must:

  1. work at least 10 hours per week for an academic term (.25 FTE) in a salary position of NMSU;
  2. be a full-time graduate student enrolled in at least 9 graded credits from NMSU;
  3. be in good academic standing; and
  4. complete the online NMSU Graduate Assistant Health Insurance Benefit Program enrollment form.

NMSU's Graduate Assistant Health Insurance Benefit Program is managed by United Healthcare Student Resources. UHCSR is a market leader in student insurance programs. For more information, visit their website, Spouse and children coverage can be obtained by enrolling in a separate plan with UHCSR (see their web site for enrollment information).

International graduate assistants are required to have health insurance. International graduate assistant students can enroll in the Graduate Assistant Health Insurance Benefit Program listed above. For more information, please see

Housing Services

See the "Resources For Students" section for room descriptions, accommodations, application process, deposit requirement, regulations, and eligibility.

For current rate information, please visit our website at www.nmsu/~housing.

Dining Services

See the "Resources For Students" section for meal plan descriptions, application process, deposit requirement, regulations, and eligibility.

Fall/Spring Summer
Aggie Unlimited
(unlimited entrances + 100 Aggie Dining $) $1,618.00 n/a
Aggie Choice (230 entrances + 325 Aggie Dining $) 1,575.00 n/a
Aggie 64 (64 entrances + 325 Aggie Dining $) 763.00 n/a
Pistol 400 (0 entrances + 400 Aggie Dining $) 350.00 n/a
Family Resident Optimum 350 (350 entrances) 1,260.00 n/a
Family Resident Optimum 250 (250 entrances) 900.00 n/a

Late Registration Penalties

A late registration penalty of $25 will be assessed for course registrations processed during a term's late registration time period. Failure to make scheduled payments with the University Accounts Receivable on due dates may result in additional liability.


By enrolling in classes at NMSU, a student makes a financial commitment to pay the tuition and fee charges associated with that enrollment. The enrollment action constitutes a financial obligation between the student and NMSU and all proceeds of this agreement will be used for education purposes and constitutes an education loan pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 523(a) (8). Terms and Conditions of Course Registration are posted on the NMSU website and available in each term's registration guide. Payments can be made by mail, web, telephone, or in person at the University Accounts Receivable. Cash, checks, money orders and limited types of credit cards are accepted. Term charges can be paid in full or paid by using a payment plan. Students utilizing the payment plan for the Fall and Spring terms will have the balance due in four equal monthly installments within the term. Summer terms have two installments within the term. A payment plan fee of $20.00 is assessed to students using the plan for each campus enrolled. All financial aid received must be paid towards balances owed. Additional penalty charges may be assessed for failure to make payments when due. The University reserves the right to deny a payment plan to any student who has a poor credit rating or who has been negligent in making payments to the University for previous debts. Course reservations may be cancelled if payment arrangements for past due debts are not completed by the deadlines as outlined in a term's registration guide. Academic credits, transcripts, and diplomas will be withheld until all financial obligations are paid. Students are prohibited from registering for a term until all previous debts due to the University are paid in full.


Any student officially dropping or withdrawing from a course or courses during a term may receive tuition and fee adjustments as outlined in the current registration guide. No tuition adjustments will be made on classes of less than five weeks' duration. Non-attendance does not constitute official course drop or withdrawal. All charges due to the University must be paid before refunds will be permitted.

In cases of academic or disciplinary suspension, eligibility for tuition adjustments will depend on the conditions of the suspension and will be entirely at the option of the University. Should unforeseen circumstances beyond the reasonable control of the University result in curtailing classes, closing residence facilities, or otherwise withdrawing services that are a normal function of NMSU, refunds of any nature will be at the discretion of the University administration.

Residence hall rentals and dining hall charges may be refunded in accordance with schedules adopted by these departments.


The University charges a penalty on all dishonored cash instruments. Personal checks will not be accepted from students who have had previously dishonored checks.


In addition to the direct costs stated above, other expenses per term may include such items as textbooks and supplies (estimated at $500) and personal expenses (estimated at $660).

Cooperative Education

Students participating in the Cooperative Education Program who receive academic credit pay the same tuition and fees as regularly enrolled students. Work phase students who are assigned to campus or nearby off-campus workstation may purchase the student wellness/fitness optional fees the same as a part-time student enrolled in 1 to 5 credits.


Resident or nonresident status is determined in accordance to a uniform definition established for all New Mexico institutions by the Higher Education Department, State of New Mexico. The NMSU Registrar's Office administers residency.

Active duty members of the Armed Forces, their spouses and minor children not otherwise entitled to claim residency, are eligible for tuition payment at the resident student rates upon presentation of a certification from their commanding officer of assignment to active duty within New Mexico. Certification is required upon initial registration.

Information on the following programs may be obtained from the Office of Admissions:

  • Residents of Texas who reside in Texas within 135 miles of the NMSU-Las Cruces campus may be eligible for a special tuition rate for the Las Cruces campus only.
  • American Indian nations, tribes and pueblos. All out of state members of an American Indian nation, tribe, and pueblo, located wholly or partially in New Mexico, regardless of the residence of the member prior to acceptance at a post-secondary educational institution shall be eligible to pay the in-state tuition rate. These include members of the following tribes or pueblos: Jicarilla Apache, Mescalero Apache, Taos pueblo, Picuris pueblo, Ohkay Owingeh, Santa Clara pueblo, Nambe pueblo, Navajo tribe, San Ildefonso pueblo, Pojoaque pueblo, Tesuque pueblo, Cochiti pueblo, Jemez pueblo, Santo Domingo pueblo, San Felipe pueblo, Zia pueblo, Santa Ana pueblo, Sandia pueblo, Isleta pueblo, Laguna pueblo, Acoma pueblo, Zuni pueblo, and the Ute Mountain tribe.
  • The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE ) allows students in western states to enroll in college programs at a special tuition rate.

Students interested in dentistry, veterinary medicine, occupational therapy, optometry, osteopathy, podiatry, forestry, graduate library studies, graduate nursing education, and public health should see the paragraph on Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education in the "Resources for Students" section.