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 Global Master of Public Administration (G-MPA) students is billed at the rate listed in the table below. Additional taxes may apply to participants who make payment from certain jurisdictions outside the United States. Where applicable, such taxes will be billed separately after enrollment.

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.

Spring 2024 tuition and fee rates for G-MPA students

Course Units Tuition Online Services Fee Total
1 $4,500 $150 $4,650
2 $9,000 $300 $9,300
3 $13,500 $450 $13,950
4 $18,000 $600 $18,600
5 $22,500 $750 $23,250

Online services fee: This fee constitutes a partial contribution to the support of such essential services as a library system and student services.

Get more information about obtaining institutional or financial aid and estimated graduate student program costs at Penn’s Student Registration and Financial Services website.

*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.