Tuition and fees, set annually by the Board of Trustees of California Arts University, are subject to change without notice.


Tuition Charges:


  • Master of Arts in Contemporary Music Performance (MACMP):

$390 per unit ($3,510/semester) / Total Cost: (48 Units x $390 = $18,720)

  • Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA):

$690 per unit ($6,210/semester) / Total Cost: (60 Units x $690 = $41,400) 




Application Fee (non-refundable) $100

Enrollment Fee (non-refundable) $100

Registration Fee (non-refundable) $100

Student Activity & Association Fee (non-refundable) $30

Readmission Fee (non-refundable) $100

Tuition Installation Fee $35

Add/Drop Fee (non-refundable) $10 per change

Return Check/Denied Credit Card Fee (non-refundable) $35

International Student Service Fee   $300

I-20 Re-Issue Fee    $50

I-20 Extension Fee (2nd)    $100

Shipping Fee – Domestic (non-refundable) $15 per course

Shipping Fee – International (non-refundable) $30 per course

Express Shipping Fee – Domestic (non-refundable) $40 per course

Express Shipping Fee – International (non-refundable) $50 per course

Individual Instruction Fee – Music Students (non-refundable) $50 per hour

Graduation Fee (non-refundable) $450

Student ID Card (non-refundable) $10

Student ID Card Replacement Fee (non-refundable) $25

Transcript/Certificate (non-refundable) $10 per copy

Transcript Express Mailing Fee (non-refundable) $20

Transcript Mailing Fee (non-refundable) $5

English Translation Services for lectures and lessons $50 per hour

Individual Instruction Fee (non-refundable) $700 per semester

STRF fees (non-refundable) as $0 for every $1,000


California Arts University offers a limited number of scholarships to help qualified students meet the financial requirements of attending the University. Prospect and current California Arts University students are encouraged to submit an application for the Cal Arts Scholarships.

Refund Policy

Cancellation is effective on the date written notice of cancellation is sent. A refund will be made within 30 days after the effective date. Fees (registration, materials, STRF, and activities) are nonrefundable. The student will not get a refund after more than 60% of the instruction has been presented. For students who have completed 60% or less of the instruction period, the refund shall be on a pro rata basis. The exact amount of prorated refund will be based on the formula listed below. The following table provides the estimated amount of refund at each point of withdrawal:

For example: if a student withdraws a course after 18 hours out of 45 hours (3 credits x 15 weeks) and its tuition is $750, the refund will be: $750 - $750 x 18/45 credit hours = $450.

Students may complete the withdrawal procedure by submitting a signed add/drop card to the Office of the Registrar to be eligible for a refund. NOTE: Students must follow the withdrawal procedure to be officially withdrawn from a course. Failure to do so could result in the student being charged and receiving a failing grade in the class. The student will not get a refund after more than 60% of the instruction has been presented.

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