Paying for Your Education

Master’s Degree Tuition

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

The tuition rate for master’s degree candidates is charged based on 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.

Please check the Student Registration and Financial Services (SRFS) site for a breakdown of tuition costs and associated fees. You can also use the site to find 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.

While Penn Engineering generally does not provide financial assistance for master-level students, below are a few funding opportunities.

  • 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.
  • Jorge and Maria Rosas Fellowship – Established in 2012 through the generous support of Jorge B. Rosas, GEE’83, WG’83, and María Rosas, this fellowship supports students who have completed an undergraduate engineering degree from Tecnologico de Buenos Aires (ITBA) and who wish to pursue a full-time master’s degree at Penn Engineering. The fellowship covers up to 100 percent of the applicable tuition costs and fees for the full master’s degree program. ITBA recommends one candidate per year who must apply for admission into any of Penn Engineering’s master’s degree programs by the applicable deadlines for international students. Penn Engineering retains unfettered discretion in accepting nominated participants into the program, in accordance with its established admission procedures and requirements.
  • Dr. John J. McMullen Endowed Fellowship – In 2003 and 2004, two fellowships were generously established by the late Dr. John J. McMullen and the McMullen Family Foundation. Together, the McMullen Fellowships support two graduates of the United States Naval Academy each year in pursuing master’s degrees at Penn Engineering. A highly esteemed friend of the School, Dr. McMullen was instrumental in forging a relationship between Penn Engineering and the United States Naval Academy. It was Dr. McMullen’s intent to address “the ever-increasing importance of technology in our new Navy” by encouraging outstanding young naval officers to pursue master’s degrees at Penn Engineering. The fellowships fund tuition and books for two candidates annually for one year of study—fall, spring, and two summer sessions. Candidates must be recommended by officials at the United States Naval Academy.
  • Ihsuk Shin, Ph.D., GEE ‘61, GRE ‘66 Endowed Fellowship – Created in 2022 by Ihsuk Shin, Ph.D., GEE ‘61, GRE ’66, an accomplished and loyal alumnus of Penn Engineering, to support students who have been admitted to a graduate degree program at Penn Engineering. Before completing his postgraduate work at Penn Engineering, Dr. Shin proudly attended Seoul National University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in 1957. In keeping with his wishes, special consideration is given to fellowship candidates in the following order:
    • First consideration for students who completed an undergraduate degree at Seoul National University, Dr. Shin’s undergraduate alma mater.
    • Second consideration for students who completed an undergraduate degree at Yonsei University, Dr. Shin’s wife’s undergraduate alma mater.
    • Third consideration for students who completed an undergraduate degree at Harvard University, Dr. Shin’s oldest child’s alma mater.
    • Fourth consideration for students who completed an undergraduate degree at Rice University, Dr. Shin’s second oldest child’s alma mater.
    • Fifth consideration for students who completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Shin’s youngest child’s alma mater.
    • (Admitted applicants are automatically considered for this prestigious award; no separate application or request for review is required.)
  • Haidas/Goldman Sachs Gives Dean’s Masters Fellowship – The Dean’s Master’s Fellowships were created to further Penn Engineering’s interest in attracting an academically talented and diverse graduate student body through the targeted use of financial aid for master’s students. The Haidas/Goldman Sachs Gives Dean’s Masters Fellowship was generously endowed in 2021 at the recommendation of Penn Engineering Advisor Alex Haidas, C’93, ENG’93, WG’93, PAR’25, and his wife, Thalia Chryssikou, PAR’25, whose generous commitment to financial aid continues to open doors to Penn Engineering. This fellowship is open to highly qualified master’s applicants and special consideration is given to applicants from underrepresented backgrounds, including students with demonstrated financial need, so long as such consideration is necessary and appropriate in keeping with the School’s efforts to attract an academically talented and diverse student body. Admitted applicants are automatically considered for this prestigious award; no separate application or request for review is required.

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.