Master’s Degree Tuition - Fall 2018 and Spring 2019

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For students interested in Ph.D. information, please visit our Fellowships page.

The University of Pennsylvania counts each course as one course unit (cu) instead of 3 course hours. The tuition rate for master degree candidates is charged per the number of courses registered. A minimum of three course units is required for full-time status; the maximum number of courses allowed per semester is four. Additional courses may be requested by petition for action submitted to your department for approval; overall GPA will be considered. International students must register for at least three course units each fall and spring semester.


1 Course Unit = $7, 022 ($6,529 Tuition + $386 General Fee + $107 Technology Fee)
2 Course Units = $14, 044 ($6,529 Tuition x 2 + $772 General Fee + $214 Technology Fee)
3 Course Units = $21, 566 ($6,529 Tuition x 3 + $1,548 General Fee + $431 Technology Fee)
4 Course Units = $28, 095 ($6,529 Tuition x 4 + $1,548 General Fee + $431 Technology Fee)

The Provost's Office also has some additional information, available here.

General Fee

The general fee is a partial contribution towards the support of the Placement Service, Graduate Student Activities, Recreational Activities, the physical development of the University, and other services not directly associated with specific courses. The maximum that will be charged each semester is $1,548.

Technology Fee

The technology fee helps to underwrite the various computer resources for the School of Engineering including computer labs, provided software, web-based email, and other related costs. The maximum that will be charged each semester is $431. The rate you will be charged is based on the total number of course units you take per semester.

Please visit the Student Financial Services website for information on payment methods and schedules.

Estimated Master’s Student Costs

You can find costs for on-campus housing here: On-Campus Housing

You can find costs for meal plans here: Graduate Dining Plans

Course costs, such as books and supplies, vary by program. See the program contact information at the bottom of this page.

Funding Your Master’s Degree

We understand that a Master’s degree is a significant financial endeavor. That being said, here are some resources you may find helpful. Penn Engineering generally does not provide financial assistance for Master’s level students.

Student Financial Services

Potential Funding Sources

The CIS-affiliated masters programs (CIS, CGGT, Data Science, Embedded Systems, MCIT, Robotics) offer a limited number of fellowships for U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents, with a strong focus on under-represented minorities and females. Please refer to the J.P. Eckert Fellowship for more details.

Students are welcome to seek out part- or full-time employment while studying. Part time employees can use their earnings towards their tuition and/or expenses. Full-time employees receive a tuition benefit that significantly helps with tuition.

Student Employment Office


Research and Teaching Assistantships

We do not offer assistantships as a means of funding Master’s degrees. However, some departments may have TA positions available and students may try to find part time positions in the many labs on campus.