Full-time MPA tuition

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Fall 2020spring 2021 tuition and fee rates for Master of Public Administration students

Tuition per semester is calculated based on student enrollment in four courses in the fall, four courses in the spring, and one course in the summer. Any additional courses have a $6,444 per c.u. tuition rate. 

  Fall Spring Summer
Tuition $25,520 $25,776 $6,444
General Fee $1,494 $1,726 $430
Clinical Fee $315 $315 N/A
Total $27,329 $27,817 $6,874

The Full-time Master of Public Administration requires 9 c.u. to complete: tuition per term is calculated based on student enrollment in four courses (4 c.u.) in the fall, four courses (4 c.u.) in the spring, and one course (1 c.u.) in the summer. Cost of attendance for summer terms is estimated, as tuition and fees are adjusted during this term for the subsequent academic year.

Fee definitions

  • General fee: A 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: This mandatory fee is assessed to all students and supports Penn Wellness services, including Campus Health, Counseling and Psychological Services, the Student Health Service, and the Office of Alcohol and Other Drug Programs. In 2020-2021, the fee also funds public health efforts essential for protecting the Penn community against the spread of COVID-19, including contact tracing.

Fels Institute of Government

The Fels Institute of Government
3814 Walnut St. 
Philadelphia, PA 19104

(215) 898-7326
felsinstitute@sas.upenn.edu