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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 Master of Environmental Studies courses taken by MES students are billed at the rates listed in the table below.  

The rates listed below are for courses at the College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS) only and will be effective summer 2014 through spring 2015. All tuition and fee charges are subject to the approval of the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and may change without notice.

Summer 2014-Spring 2015 Tuition and Fee Rates
for Master of Environmental Studies

Course Units Tuition General Fee Program Fee (fall and spring only) Clinical Fee Total
1 $5,380 $324 $150 N/A $5,854
2 $10,760 $648 $150 N/A $11,558
3 $16,140 $1,293 $150 $250 $17,833
4 $21,520 $1,293 $150 $250 $23,213

Master of Environmental Studies courses end with a section code of 660 in the fall and spring. In summer, MES courses end with section code of 960.

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.
  • Program Fee: The program fee is charged in the fall and spring semesters only and covers program activities specific to Master of Environmental Studies students.
  • 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.

*Academic credit is defined by the University of Pennsylvania as a course unit (c.u.). Generally, a 1 c.u. course at Penn is equivalent to a three or four semester hour course elsewhere. In general, the average course offered at Penn is listed as being worth 1 c.u.; courses that include a lecture and a lab are often worth 1.5 c.u. 

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