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Master’s & Post-Graduate Costs

Your program costs will depend on how many course units (CU) you take per semester. 

Full time

The average projected total costs (tuition and fees) of the 2021-2022 full-time graduate programs—which are based on 3-4 CUs each term—are as follows:

  • 12 month program costs (12 CU program): $78,720
  • 14 month program costs (13-14 CU program) $91,840
  • 18 month program costs (16-17 CU program): $118,080
  • 36 month program costs (9 term/34 CU program): $227,118


Every student’s living situation and personal expenses are different, but below are the projected academic year Summer and Fall/Spring costs per CU. These can be multiplied by the total number of CUs in your part-time plan of study to estimate the total cost of an MSN program:
Cost per CU in Summer 2021: $6,398
Cost per CU in Fall 2021 or Spring 2022: $6,510

To be considered a full-time student you must have a course load of 3 CUs or more per semester, including summer terms; anything less, in any semester, is considered part-time. If you apply as a full-time student, but switch to part-time, lowering the number of CUs you take per semester will decrease the cost of your tuition and fees, which will in turn lower your student budget and reduce your financial aid eligibility. You will no longer be eligible for nursing grant or endowed scholarship funds.

The charts below outline costs based on the school year/summer sessions as well as include estimated other expenses like housing. 

Graduate full-time 
(Fall 2021 & Spring 2022)

Tuition and Fees  $52,508
Housing  $9,632
Meals  $4,870
Books ‡  $1,358
Personal ‡  $6,724


‡ Please keep in mind that the school does not bill the student for books and personal expenses. We do, however, build these figures into the Student Budget to better help students and their families plan for all costs associated with a Penn Nursing education. Likewise, we give financial aid based on the entire student budget, not just on the cost of tuition and fees.

Graduate part-time / post-master’s
(Fall 2021 & Spring 2022 - per course)

Tuition  $5,956
General Fee $442
Technology Fee $112
Total  $6,510

Graduate part-time / post-master’s
(Summer 2021 - per course)

Tuition $5,956
General Fee $442
Total $6,398

Graduate summer living expenses

Total (both sessions) $7,223