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Master’s & Post-Master’s 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 2018-19 full-time graduate programs—which are based on 3-4 CUs each term—are as follows:

  • 12 month program costs (12 CU program): $ 70,320
  • 14 month program costs (13-14 CU program) $80,040
  • 18 month program costs (16-17 CU program): $ 99,620
  • 36 month program costs (9 term/34 CU program): $215,420


Because every student’s living situation and personal expenses are different, we’ve calculated the estimated/projected costs for tuition only for the average part-time graduate program (12 CUs):

  • 2 year part-time tuition: $71,352
  • 3 year part-time tuition: $72,895

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 2018 & Spring 2019)

Tuition and Fees  $47,286
Housing  $9,351
Meals  $4,635
Books ‡  $1,318
Personal ‡  $6,272


‡ 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 2018 & Spring 2019 - per course)

Tuition  $5,366
General Fee $394
Technology Fee $104
Total  $5,864

Graduate part-time / post-master’s
(Summer 2018 - per course)

Tuition $5,366
General Fee $394
Total $5,760

Graduate summer living expenses

Total (both sessions) $5,010