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PhD Costs

We are committed to assisting all full-time PhD students for three years of tuition, fees, stipend, and health insurance.

You may be funded internally or externally, depending on the options available. The doctoral program leadership will determine which funding is most appropriate for all incoming students.

The School of Nursing will provide partial funding to PhD students without external sources of funding beyond the 3 years of full funding support. Students who enter with an approved master’s degree will be provided with 4 years of tuition support. Students who enter the program without an approved master’s degree will be provided with up to 5 years of tuition support. Students will be responsible for the cost of health insurance and their living expenses in years 4 and 5. Students who choose part-time enrollment are responsible for paying for their own tuition, fees, and health insurance.

Internal Funding

In exchange for a nine-month stipend (September - May), students may be funded as a Teaching Assistant to support School of Nursing courses at up to 16 hours a week. The stipend for 2018-2019 is $25,800.

External Funding

You may qualify for funding from the federal government such as NIH training grants (T32s), professional organizations or foundations, or other external agencies if your research goals and objectives are a good fit for the source of funding. Doctoral program leadership will carefully determine possible sources of external funding for accepted students. Additionally, our current students have been successful at obtaining prestigious pre-doctoral NRSA awards from the National Institute of Nursing Research that can fund doctoral study.

Supplemental Employment

Funding may not be able to cover all expenses. Students who are US citizens or permanent residents funded as Teaching Assistants or through external funding who are in good academic standing may work a maximum of 10 hours per week in a supplemental job. International students may work a maximum of 8 hours per week.

International Students

Non-US citizens or non-US permanent residents are not eligible for federal grants. Therefore, you must secure your own funding for any part of the doctoral program beyond the first three years. This potentially includes work after the third year as well as any English language training you are required to complete at Penn prior to the start of your first academic semester.


The charts below outline costs based on the school year. For full-time doctoral students with an MSN, after the first four years the reduced rate is charged until the Doctorate degree is awarded, or for a maximum of five additional years. If you did not begin the program with an MSN degree, then you will be charged the high rate for the first five years.

Doctoral full-time
(Fall 2017 & Spring 2018)

Tuition $33,604
General Fee $2,984
Technology fee $820
Clinical Fee $546
Total $37,954


Doctoral reduced rate
(Fall 2017 & Spring 2018)

Tuition $4,198

General Fee

Technology Fee $820
Clinical Fee $546
Total $6,312

Doctoral part-time Per CU
(Fall 2017 & Spring 2018) 

Tuition $6,222
General Fee $372
Technology Fee $102
Total $6,696