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 2019/2020



Tuition per graduate credit hour



Mandatory Graduate Student Fees

(1-8 credits; part time) 

$451 per semester

$451 per semester

Mandatory Graduate Student Fees

(9 or more credits; full-time)  

$817.50 per semester

$817.50 per semester

Tuition (24 credits) + Full-Time Fees for academic year (fall & spring)                           


International Student Fee - international students only

 $125 per semester

MPS-PA Degree

36 credits (12 month program)

$53,595 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

Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership

12 credits

$5,500 per three-credit course. Fees $445 per semester. 

Fellowships are available. (Fellowship Application Form


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. For detailed information, please click here.

* 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.  Students in the joint MPP/Social Work degree program pay University of Maryland School of Social Work tuition rates for courses taken in the School of Social Work. 

For all other University of Maryland graduate degree program tuition rates and fees, please visit:

Other Costs of Attendance - Estimated 2019/2020

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$1,144
Transportation Expenses$3,058
Room & Board Off Campus$14,318

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. For further details, please see the Student Financial Services and Cashiering link.

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.