Additional Courses Policy and Guidelines


MD students can register for University courses, with no additional tuition charges, according to the following policy and guidelines:

  • The number is limited to three credits between matriculation and graduation. These course credits are generally not applied toward the MD degree; however, students can only take courses for which credit is given (whether or not credits are applied toward the MD degree).
  • The courses can be taken in any school in the University during the Fall or Spring semesters when the student is actively enrolled (not on a leave of absence or short-term break), and paying MD tuition (not just fees only).
  • To take a course for credit in a Summer semester, MD tuition must be paid in full for the previous Spring and following Fall semesters. Only Perelman School of Medicine (such as: Bioethics, Epidemiology, Health Policy Research, Translational Research, Public Health) or School of Law courses may be taken during the Summer. A student may take only one course in a Summer semester limited to the UPenn course catalogue.
  • In the event that a non-MD course requirement conflicts with an MD course requirement, the MD course must be given priority.
  • MD/PhD students need to follow additional requirements which can be found here, https://www.med.upenn.edu/mstp/addl-coursework.html
  • All University add and drop deadlines must be adhered to - check the University calendar for deadlines: http://www.upenn.edu/almanac/3yearcal.html.
  • All University course requirements must be successfully completed and a passing grade must be earned. Students cannot audit a class.

Failure to comply with any of these guidelines may result in a student being responsible for University course tuition. The tuition charge for one credit is typically between $5,000 to $7,000 and varies by program/school. 

Course Registration Process

The University's course catalogue can be found here.

Prior to seeking enrollment in a University course outside of the MD curriculum, students with current or past designations of Academic Watch/Warning must seek approval of the Associate Dean for Student Success and Professional Development. 

Once a student has decided on a course (and has received permission if needed), reach out to the Registrar at the Perelman School of Medicine to be officially enrolled.

This policy is subject to administrative review and will be updated as needed.

Updated 2/12/2020