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Tuition & Fees

2019-2020 Academic Year


The University of Maryland is committed to making higher education accessible and affordable. We encourage you to explore all of the available aid options. The actual cost of attendance may be less than you expect after you factor in funding awarded through grants, scholarships, loans and work-study programs. Our admissions and financial aid counselors are available to answer your questions and get you started on your journey to become a Terp.

Undergraduate Tuition & Fees


Master of Public Policy*, Master of Public Management - Policy Track & Doctor of Philosophy in Policy Studies

Whether you are studying full-time or part-time, tuition is billed per credit hour and determined by your state of residence.

Resident Non-Resident
Tuition per credit hour $921 $1,909
Mandatory graduate student fees (1-8 credits, part-time) $451/semester $451/semester
Mandatory graduate student fees (9 or more credits, full-time) $817.50/semester $817.50/semester
Tuition (24 credits) + full-time fees for academic year (fall & spring) $23,739 $47,451
International student fee (international students only) $125/semester


For PhD students who have advanced to candidacy, the tuition and fees are $1,660 (total resident), or $2,828 (total non-resident) per semester. Detailed information can be found here.

* Dual MPP/MBA students pay Smith School tuition rates for courses taken in the Smith School.  Dual MPP/JD students pay the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law tuition rates for courses taken in the law school. Dual MPP/Social Work students pay University of Maryland School of Social Work tuition rates for courses taken in the School of Social Work. 

Billing information and all other University of Maryland graduate degree program tuition rates and fees can be found here.

Executive Master of Public Management & Master of Professional Studies - Public Administration

Tuition for these programs is a flat rate for the entire program.

MPS-PA degree, 36 credits (12 month program) $53,595 full program cost includes tuition and mandatory fees
EMPM degree, 30 credits $48,195 full program cost includes tuition, fees, books and other program charges


Graduate Certificates

Intelligence Analysis, 12 credits $4,500/three-credit course
Nonprofit Management and Leadership, 12 credits $5,500/three-credit course, plus mandatory fees

View associated mandatory fees.
Financial aid and fellowships are available to certificate students. Learn more.

Other Costs of Attendance

The budget provided below is an estimate based on a moderate student lifestyle. The figures are averages and will vary from student to student. They are indirect costs and not billed by the bursar.

Item Cost
Books & Supplies $1,250
Personal Expenses $1,144
Transportation Expenses $3,058
Room & Board Off-Campus $14,318
Total $19,770

For your convenience, you may make payments by mail, in-person, online or over the phone.  Payments can be made with Visa, MasterCard and Discover credits cards. Personal checks are also accepted.  All checks and money orders must be in US dollars drawn on a US bank. For further details, see  Student Financial Services and Cashiering.

The best way to avoid lump-sum payments and cover the gap between financial aid and the cost of education without resorting to additional borrowing from alternative sources is to enroll in the interest-free TERP Payment Plan.

By enrolling in this plan,  you can spread your payments over either eight or ten months. The enrollment fee is $50 (non-refundable) for the semester plan and $75 (non-refundable) for the annual plan (fall and spring). You can include most university charges: tuition, fees and parking permits. With the TERP Payment Plan your monthly payments are debited directly from your checking or savings account.

Important tuition remission guidelines are available here.

Maryland Resident Classification

Applicants are granted resident or "in-state" status if they have been domiciled in Maryland for at least 12 months prior to the last day of registration for the forthcoming semester, and have  been financially independent for the previous 12 months. For a complete list of residency requirements, please contact the Residency Resclassification Services.