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The College of Liberal and Professional Studies staff is working remotely to comply with University protocols as we navigate the COVID-19 virus. Penn is committed to maintaining a safe campus and workplace for faculty, students, staff, and visitors. While we are not onsite, we are still available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. by phone and online in case you need support: (215) 898-7326 or lps@sas.upenn.edu.

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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 each class taken by Master of Liberal Arts and Master of Philosophy students is billed at the rates listed in the table below.  

Summer 2020-Spring 2021 Tuition and Fee Rates for MLA and MPhil Courses

The rates listed below will be effective summer 2020 through spring 2021. All tuition and fee charges are subject to the approval of the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and may change without notice.

Course Units Tuition General Fee Clinical Fee Total
1 $5,006 $430 N/A $5,436
2 $10,012 $860 N/A $10,872
3 $15,018 $1,726 $315 $17,059
4 $20,024 $1,726 $315 $22,065

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 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.

Fall application deadline: July 1st

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Individualized curriculum

Courses and Curriculum

With Penn's MLA program, you design a curriculum centering on a particular theme that interests you.

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Interdisciplinary certificates

Certificates

Several certificate programs are available to help organize your discovery in a topic area.

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