Master of Science in Translational Research (MSTR) Tuition

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Tuition rates and fees are listed on the Master's Program Costs website. Tuition is listed per course unit and students are required to take 2 course units per term. View the MSTR program tuition costs by visiting the Master's Program Costs website and scroll to the Master of Science in Translational Science section, click on the title to expand and view the tuition and fees.

The MSTR degree has a total of 12 course units. Tuition and fees for elective course units taken in the summer will be determined by the home school that offers that course.

Penn employees have access to tuition benefits, learn more about the Graduation Tuition Benefits and Tax

Predoctoral Financial Information

Billing for MD Students

MD-MSTR students will be charged 7 semesters of medical tuition (6 semesters in years 1-3 and the final semester of year 5). During Fall and Spring semesters of year 4 and the Fall semester of year 5, MSTR tuition will be charged per course unit.

Students take 2 or 3 courses during the semesters they are charged medical school tuition. MTR 607 & 608 are taken in final semester of year 5 (see Sample Study Plan). As long as the student has not already used the benefit that allows med students to take three courses while registered for the MD program, there will be no additional charge beyond MD tuition in those semesters.

For most students, the tuition charges for the MSTR will be 3 courses per term during Fall and Spring of year 4 and the Fall semester of year 5. Tuition for these 9 units will total approximately $44,076. MD-MSTR students will be billed for 7 semesters of MD tuition, rather than 8. If the student is grant funded ($20,500 toward tuition), and is eligible for the PSOM additional course policy, this will leave approximately $3,368 to be paid by the student. (If a student has already used their eligibility for the 3 additional courses per term, there will be additional charges for MTR 607 and 608 in the final semester).

As soon as a student is considering the pursuit of an integrated joint degree program, financial aid planning counseling and planning is strongly advised. Students should contact the School of Medicine Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. Staff members are available to help explain program costs, the financial aid process, funding options and how to apply for financial aid.

Please refer to the Combined Degree website for more information.

Billing for Dental and Nursing Students

Predoctoral students enrolled in DMD or MSN/PhD programs should contact their financial aid office to discuss the financial implications of enrolling in the MSTR degree program.

Grant Funding

A potential partial funding mechanism for predoctoral students in the MSTR program is the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) training grant. Selected students will be appointed to the grant for 12 months with a TL1 award. Learn more about the CTSA TL1.


Please note that policies concerning admissions, curriculum, funding and financial aid are subject to change. Additionally, though variations in the curriculum may be possible, any changes will need prior approval and may have financial implications. This website is meant to provide preliminary general overview information only. Students interested in or enrolled in the program should seek personal advising from relevant faculty and staff.