Tuition and Costs

The cost of the program varies by semester. Each semester, tuition is calculated to equal the following:

[total semester credits] x [ASU cost per credit hour] + [ASU flat semester fee]

As of 12/2020, the program cost equates to $33,357 (in-state) or $60,549 (out-of-state).


Additional costs to consider include textbooks, the need for a vehicle throughout the program, optional travel to annual national P&O meetings, potential travel in the process of seeking residency employment, and residency/certification costs following graduation.


In-state tuition rates can be granted to students from states other than Alabama. Fifteen states work with the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) in a regional interstate compact and participate in the Academic Common Market (ACM) program. Under this program, and for participating states, you may qualify for in-state tuition when another P&O program does not exist in your own state of residence. A number of students make use of this agreement each year while enrolled in the ASU MSPO Program, so please use the following link to determine if you qualify: