Tuition & Finances

The program is designed to be completed in four years. Each student is supported financially by the School of Social Policy & Practice in the form of tuition, fees, individual health insurance, and a nine-month research and teaching stipend for the four years.

Tuition and fees are provided to students who already have earned a master’s degree. Master’s degree costs are not covered by the School.

The nine-month (academic year) stipend is for a research apprenticeship with the student’s advisor and, after coursework is completed, can be expanded to include teaching assistantships. Funding for summers and study beyond four years is available through research assistantships, graduate fellowships, and teaching assistantships.

Students are strongly encouraged to apply for dissertation fellowships before their fourth year of study (see information posted under Additional Funding Opportunities). Several of our students have obtained federal and other grants to support themselves and their research. Students are encouraged to work with faculty to apply for such funding.

Individual health insurance through the University also is provided to each student for four years. Students have the option of purchasing coverage for their family members as well. More information is available at http://www.vpul.upenn.edu/shs/psipinsurance.php. If a student prefers other insurance, he or she is responsible for the cost and must provide to the program proof of alternate health coverage.

Current tuition information is available here. In summary, in addition to a flexible curriculum and outstanding faculty who are dedicated to student learning, we commit over $200,000 to each student who is admitted to our program.