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Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

Your tuition at the University of Pennsylvania is calculated at a per course unit (c.u.) rate based on the program you choose and the number of course units for which you register unless otherwise indicated. Tuition for each class taken by Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences students is billed at the rates listed in the table below.

The rates listed below will be effective summer 2017 through spring 2018. All tuition and fee charges are subject to the approval of the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and may change without notice.

Summer 2017-Spring 2018 Tuition and Fee Rates for Master of Behavioral and Decision Students 

Course Units Tuition General fee Clinical fee Total
1 $5,702 $372 N/A $6,074
2 $11,404 $744 N/A $12,148
3 $17,106 $1,492 $273 $18,871
4 $22,808 $1,492 $273 $24,573

Fee definitions

  • General fee: The general fee constitutes a partial contribution to the support of such essential facilities as a large library system, museums and institutes, and special laboratories.
  • Clinical fee: The clinical fee is required for students enrolled in three or more course units and allows them unlimited access to the Penn Student Health Service.
  • Recreation fee: Effective Fall 2017, the recreation fee is incorporated into the general fee for full-time students. It includes automatic membership in the Pottruck Health and Fitness Center.

Financing your education

It is our goal at Penn to make education accessible to talented students from the widest possible range of backgrounds. Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences students are eligible to apply for financial aid, and limited guaranteed student loans are available for those taking at least two courses per semester. All domestic applicants interested in their loan eligibility should complete the FAFSA form after applying to their program. Penn’s Student Financial Services (SFS) office is available to help prospective and current students navigate the process. For more information on financing your graduate studies, visit their website for Graduate and Professional Students or contact SFS.

If you intend to complete the degree as a working professional, you may be able to take advantage of tuition benefits offered by your employer. If you are a full-time Penn employee, learn more about Penn’s tuition benefits package.


*Academic credit is defined by the University of Pennsylvania as a course unit (c.u.). A course unit (c.u.) is a general measure of academic work over a period of time, typically a term (semester or summer). A c.u. (or a fraction of a c.u.) represents different types of academic work across different types of academic programs and is the basic unit of progress toward a degree. One c.u. is usually converted to a four-semester-hour course.

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