Medical Physics Graduate Programs

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition and Fees

Tuition per Course Unit, Fees, and Living Expense Budgets can be found here.

MSMP Full-Time Enrollment (estimated)

Tuition Fees* Total
Fall 2021 $22,099 $2,340 $24,439
Spring 2022 $22,099 $2,340 $24,439
Summer 2022 $6,567 $648 $7,214
Fall 2022 $26,014 $2,393 $28,407
Spring 2023 $19,510 $2,393 $21,904
Certificate Full-time Enrollment (estimated) Tuition Fees* Total
Fall 2021 $22,099 $2,340 $24,439
Spring 2022 $15,785 $1,575 $17,360


Certificate Part-time Enrollment (estimated) Tuition Fees* Total
Fall 2021 $9,471 $945 $10,416
Spring 2022 $9,471 $945 $10,416
Fall 2022 $13,007 $1,298 $14,305
Spring 2023 $6,503 $649 $7,152
  • One course unit (CU) is typically equivalent to 3 credits at another institution.
  • All full-time and F-1 visa students must obtain comprehensive health insurance as a condition of student enrollment at the University of Pennsylvania. If you have your own insurance coverage, you may waive enrollment in the Penn Student Insurance Plan. The annual rate is posted by Student Health Service. 
  • International students who accept the offer of admission from MPGP must submit financial documents to the University of Pennsylvania showing proof of financial assets (i.e., tuition, fees, and living expenses) for the first year of the program in order to meet the requirement for the visa application.   

*Fees Include:

  • General fee: A General Fee is assessed to all undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, and directly funds Penn’s non-instructional student support services. The General Fee for full-time students provides them with full access to a wide variety of services and resources, including counseling and wellness, multicultural resource centers, student activities, recreation and fitness, career services, learning support, and much more.
  • Clinical fee: The clinical fee is required for students enrolled in three or more course units (full-time enrollment) and allows them unlimited access to the Penn Student Health Service.
  • Recreation fee: The recreation fee is incorporated into the General Fee for full-time students. It includes automatic membership in the Pottruck Health and Fitness Center, the University's fitness center.
  • Technology fee:  The technology fee is based on the cost of technology-related needs to run the programs


Federal Loans

Eligible Medical Physics Graduate Programs students may apply for financial aid, including a variety of student loans, some of which are subsidized by the federal government. All domestic applicants interested in their loan eligibility should complete the FAFSA form after applying to a Medical Physics Graduate Program. Penn’s Student Registration and Financial Services (SRFS) office is available to help prospective and current students navigate the process. For more information on financing your graduate studies, visit the Graduate Student Loans Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).


Master of Science in Medical Physics Underrepresented Minority Scholarship

The University of Pennsylvania Medical Physics Graduate Programs has a $30,000 scholarship over two years (applied as a tuition bill credit) to support a student from an underrepresented minority background who enrolls full-time in our Master of Science in Medical Physics degree program. Admitted applicants from underrepresented backgrounds who are pursuing the field of radiation oncology will be invited to apply.


Tuition Benefits through Employment

If you intend to complete the program as a working professional, you may be able to take advantage of tuition reimbursement benefits offered by your employer. If you are a full-time Penn employee, learn more about Penn’s tuition benefits package

Tuition Benefit for Post-Doctoral Fellows
The Department of Radiation Oncology funds 80% of tuition and fees for the Certificate in Medical Physics for a limited number of post-doctoral fellows in the Department of Radiation Oncology. The post-doctoral fellow is responsible for paying the remaining 20% of tuition and fees. The post-doctoral fellow must apply, be admitted to, enroll part-time in the Certificate program (in order to balance coursework with post-doctoral responsibilities), and maintain good academic standing in order to be eligible for the tuition benefit. Search here for open Department of Radiation Oncology post-doctoral positions. Contact with questions.



MPGP Course Assistants (CAs)
There are partial stipends available to select second year master’s students to provide course support for certain first year master’s courses (approximately $2,000 stipend per course).

Paid employment by the Department of Radiation Oncology for full-time enrolled master’s students beginning first year spring semester and full-time certificate students for routine clinical work. This may include patient-specific quality assurance (QA) measurements prior to treatment in the PCAM clinics.  Pay is approximately $20/hour, typically 6 hours maximum per week, for semester-long appointments. 

Graduate Associate (GA)
Graduate Associate (GA) positions for master’s students in Penn College Houses & Academic Services advise and support undergraduate students in exchange for dormitory housing and a dining allocation.

Teaching Assistant (TA)
There may be part-time employment opportunities (non-work study positions) available in academic departments as teaching assistants (TAs). TAs typically help the instructor with the operations and logistics of a course.

Physics Department
Lab TAs
may be needed. There is some required TA training. Pay is approximately $1,950 per semester for a maximum of 8 hours work per week. Interested students may send an email request to Michelle Last, Briefly introduce yourself and mention any previous experience supporting a course as well as any relevant coursework you’ve taken.

Physics PhD students are given first priority for TA positions; extra positions are considered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Math Department

TA positions may be available. Interested students should contact Nakia Rimmer, Briefly introduce yourself as a Master of Science in Medical Physics student and mention any previous experience supporting a course as well as any relevant coursework you’ve taken. An early TA screening process will take place in the spring semester. There is a requirement to participate in the Math department’s TA training. TA training will take place in mid- to late-August. 

Research Assistant (RA) positions
Information will be available if part-time research positions are available from faculty in the Department of Radiation Oncology. Students may also email other faculty at Penn to inquire about available positions.

On-campus, non-work study jobs for Penn students*
Student Employment Office (
*International students on a visa should check with ISSS about work eligibility.


Funding for Professional Development

MPGP Professional Development  
Each student will receive $1,000 as a reimbursement toward eligible expenses related to attending professional meetings, the American Board of Radiology (ABR) Part 1 Exam fee, and residency application fees.  There is also additional funding, awarded on a competitive basis, for expenses related to presenting at professional meetings. 

Paid Membership Dues
MPGP will pay for student application fees and membership dues in the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) and for Delaware Valley Chapter AAPM events. 

Penn GAPSA Professional Student Travel Grant
The University of Pennsylvania’s GAPSA Professional Student Council distributes individual travel grants to defray the cost of qualified travel expenses for graduate students attending and/or presenting at academic conferences, meetings, and case competitions or pursuing professional development opportunities outside of the university.   


External Scholarships and Grants

AAPM/RSNA Doctoral and Masters Graduate Fellowships
Sponsored by the AAPM Education and Research Fund, four Doctoral awards of $10,000 each and three MS awards of $10,000 each can be used for tuition, professional and research development. One of the MS and Doctoral awards will be reserved for under-represented applicants. 

BHW Group Scholarship Opportunity 
This $3,000 scholarship opportunity is open to undergraduate or graduate women in STEM fields. Applicants must write an essay about their favorite app. Applications open in January and are due each April 15th.  

Health Physics Society 

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship Programme 
Selected female students receive a scholarship for master’s degree programs in nuclear related studies at accredited universities and an opportunity to pursue an internship facilitated by the IAEA for up to 12 months. 

National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) 
This funding opportunity is for master’s students interested in STEM-based research projects and non-clinical careers. 

United States Air Force Health Professions Scholarship 
This opportunity covers 100% tuition, fees, textbooks, supplies, and stipend for two years; it requires an active duty service requirement.


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