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

Tuition and fee rates for the 2019-2020 school year will be available in April 2019. The rates listed below are estimated. Please check back in April 2019 for updates. All tuition and fee charges are subject to the approval of the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and may change without notice.

Fall 2019—Spring 2020 tuition and fee rates for I-MPA students

Course Units Tuition General Fee Clinical Fee Total
Fall 2019 $30,000 $1,643 $305 $31,948
Spring 2020 $24,547 $1,643 $305 $26,495
Degree Total $54,547 $3,286 $610 $58,443

Rates based on registration in required 5.5 c.u. in fall 2019 and 4.5 c.u. in spring 2020.

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.

*Academic credit (PDF) 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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