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The Penn State MHA program prides itself on being among the best values in the country when it comes to the cost of our program. For Pennsylvania residents, the full cost of completing the MHA program is among the lowest in the country, falling at the 33rd percentile when compared to other in-state programs and the 1st percentile when compared to the cost of a Pennsylvania resident completing a program out of state. (Source: AUPHA Benchmarking Database)

Estimated full cost of attendance (included tuition, fees, and living expenses) for a PA Resident, Fall 2019 $77,236
Students fully or partially funded 38%

Cost of Attendance

The cost of attendance for one semester is estimated below based on tuition rates and fees for fall semester 2019. These figures are provided as a reference point. More exact figures can be obtained using the University’s College Cost Calculator.

  Resident Non-Resident
Tuition (2019) $10,770 $18,487
Student Fee $267 $267
Information Technology Fee $252 $252
Rent $4,500 $4,500
Meals $2,600 $2,600
Books $920 $920
Semester Total $19,309 $27,026

Funding Opportunities

Department Funding

The Department of Health Policy and Administration offers many students funding through research and teaching assistantships. Assistantships come with an appointment that covers 18 weeks of activities per semester, covers tuition, and provides a monthly stipend. In recent years full- to partial-funding (in the form of assistantships) was provided to more than 40% of our students.

Graduate School Funding

Funding is available for prospective graduate students through the Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards Administration. Students are considered for some of these funding opportunities automatically, while others require a nomination by the department or college. More information is available from the graduate school.

Office of Student Aid

Additional funding is available in the form of federal or private loans, work-study, and additional opportunities. These programs are administered by the Penn State Office of Student Aid.


Consider applying to the Penn State M.H.A. Residential Program.