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Tuition & Fees

University of Maryland School of Public Policy

Full-Time and Part-Time

Tuition is billed per credit hour in the Master of Public Policy, Master of  Public Management - Policy Track and Doctor of Philosophy in Policy Studies programs and determined by your state of residence.  The Executive Master of Public Management degree program and the full-time Master of Professional Studies-Public Administration program charge a flat rate for the entire program.  



                      MPP* &  MPM & PhD                                                 

                     Tuition and Fees 2018/2019



Tuition per graduate credit





Mandatory Fees (full academic year)
Part-Time (1-8 credits)



Mandatory Fees (full academic year)
Full-Time (9-15 credits)



Tuition + Fees for the 
first Year - 24 credits



International Student Fee - one time fee for international students only


MPS-PA Degree

36 credits (12 month program)

$52,544 full program cost includes tuition and mandatory fees

EXPM Degree

30 credits

$48,195  full program cost includes tuition, fees, books and other program charges


For PhD students who have advanced to Candidacy, the tuition and fees are $1,634 (total resident), or $2,713 (total non-resident) per semester. For detailed information, please click here (note: this website still has 2017/2018 rates).

* Students in the joint MPP/MBA degree programs pay Smith School tuition rates for courses taken in the Smith School.  Students in the joint MPP/JD degree program pay the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law tuition rates for courses taken in the law school.

For all other University of Maryland graduate degree program tuition rates and fees, please visit: http://bursar.umd.edu

Other Costs of Attendance - Estimated 2017/2018

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.

Books & Supplies$1,250
Personal Expenses$1,056
Transportation Expenses$2,984
Room & Board Off Campus$14,120

Tuition Payment Methods

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 U.S. dollars drawn on a U.S. bank.

Terp Payment Plan

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 annual enrollment fee is $50 for the ten-month plan or $80 for the eight-month plan.  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.

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.

Tuition Remission

Important tuition remission guidelines are available here.