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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 Master of Chemical Sciences courses taken by MCS students are billed at the rates listed in the table below.

All tuition and fee charges are subject to the approval of the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and may change without notice.

Tuition and Fee Rates for Master of Chemical Sciences Courses

Summer 2020 Tuition and Fee Rates

Course Units Tuition General Fee Clinical Fee Total
1 $5,818 $430 N/A $6,248
2 $11,636 $860 N/A $12,496
3 $17,454 $1,726 $315 $19,495
4 $23,272 $1,726 $315 $25,313

Fall 2020 Tuition and Fee Rates

Course Units Tuition General Fee Clinical Fee Total
1 $5,702 $373 N/A $6,075
2 $11,404 $746 N/A $12,150
3 $17,106 $1,494 $315 $18,915
4 $22,808 $1,494 $315 $24,617

Spring 2021 Tuition and Fee Rates 

Course Units Tuition General Fee Clinical Fee Total
1 $5,818 $430 N/A $6,248
2 $11,636 $860 N/A $12,496
3 $17,454 $1,726 $315 $19,495
4 $23,272 $1,726 $315 $25,313

The Independent Study course (MCS 599) has an additional lab fee of $500.

Master of Chemical Sciences courses end with a section code of 630 in the fall and spring. In summer, MCS courses end with section code of 930.

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.

*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.

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