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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 2023-2024 full-time graduate programs—which are based on 3-4 CUs each term—are as follows:

  • 12 month program costs (12 CU program): $84,552
  • 14 month program costs (13-14 CU program) $98,644
  • 18 month program costs (16-17 CU program): $125,827
  • 36 month program costs (9 term/34 CU program): $243,945


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 2023: $6,866
Cost per CU in Fall 2023 or Spring 2024: $6,982

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 Nursing full-time Tuition & Fee rates and Living Expense Budgets
(Fall 2023 & Spring 2024)

Tuition and Fees  $56,262
Housing  $17,388
Meals  $5,796
Books ‡  $1,358
Other Personal Expenses ‡  $7,276


‡ Category for Other Personal Expenses includes a budget for the cost of Student Health Insurance.  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, loan eligibility and financial aid is based on the total student budget per term, not just on the cost of tuition and fees.

Graduate Nursing part-time / post-master’s - per Course Unit tuition rate (Summer 2023)

Tuition $6,392
General Fee $474
Total $6,866

Graduate Nursing Summer 2023 total living expense budget

Total (both sessions) $9,205

Graduate part-time / post-master’s - per Course Unit tuition rate (Fall 2023 & Spring 2024)

Tuition  $6,392
General Fee $474
Technology Fee $116
Total  $6,982