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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 International Master of Public Administration (I-MPA) students is billed at the rate listed in the table below.

Tuition and fee rates for the 2020-2021 school year will be available soon. The rates listed below are estimated. All tuition and fee charges are subject to the approval of the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and may change without notice.

Fall 2020—Spring 2021 tuition and fee rates for I-MPA students

Course Units Tuition General Fee Clinical Fee Total
Fall 2020 $30,910 $1,726 $315 $32,951
Spring 2021 $25,290 $1,726 $315 $27,331
Degree Total $56,200 $3,452 $630 $60,282

Rates based on registration in required 5.5 c.u. in fall 2020 and 4.5 c.u. in spring 2021.

Fee definitions

  • General Fee: The general fee is assessed to all undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, and directly funds Penn’s non-instructional student support services. The General Fee for full-time students provides them with full access to a wide variety of services and resources, including counseling and wellness, multicultural resource centers, student activities, recreation and fitness, career services, learning support, and much more.
  • 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.). 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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