Paying for Your Education

Master’s Degree Tuition – Academic Year 2021-22

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  • For students interested in Ph.D. information, please visit our Fellowships page.
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The tuition rate for master’s degree candidates is charged per the number of courses registered. Each course is the equivalent of one course unit (cu). A minimum of three course units is required for full-time status; the maximum number of courses allowed per semester is four. International students must register for three course units each fall and spring semester.

Tuition + Fees Breakdown
1 Course Unit = $7,884 ($7,328 Tuition + $442 General Fee + $114 Technology Fee)
2 Course Unit = $ 15,768 ($7,328 Tuition x 2 + $884 General Fee + $228 Technology Fee)
3 Course Units = $24,208 ($7,328 Tuition x 3 + $1,768 General Fee + $456 Technology Fee)
4 Course Units = $31,536 ($7,328 Tuition x 4 + $1,768 General Fee + $456 Technology Fee)

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

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.

Technology Fee

The technology fee helps to underwrite the various computer resources for Penn Engineering including computer labs, provided software, web-based email, and other related costs.

Estimated Master’s Student Costs

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-level students.

  • Student Financial Services
  • Potential Funding Sources
  • Dean’s Master’s Scholarship – This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents. The purpose of the Scholarship is to provide financial support to Master’s students in order to further the University’s interest in attracting an academically talented and diverse student body, who will be successful in advancing the school’s mission of scholarship, teaching, and research for the public good. Each scholarship applicant’s qualifications shall be considered individually. In addition, in awarding the scholarship, consideration shall be given to the applicant’s socioeconomic and educational background, status as a member of an underrepresented minority group, and/or commitment to the school’s interest in diversity and inclusion.

Student Employment

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.

The Student Employment Office is responsible for managing the posting of work-study and non-work-study jobs on-campus and off-campus. Information regarding part-time job opportunities is available on their website. Other places to find student employment information include:

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. You must have completed at least one semester in good standing in your program to qualify. Please see your Program Office for more information.