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Graduate Student Tuition and Aid

MPH and MHA Differential Tuition

Differential tuition rates for in-state students enrolled in the professional Master of Public Health (MPH) and Master of Health Administration (MHA) programs help support the delivery of these degree programs, which require additional resources to ensure we are able to offer a high-quality educational experience to all MPH and MHA students. It is important to note that this differential applies only to the cost-per-credit hour tuition rate; there are no differential student fees. All graduate students pay the mandatory fees established by the University of Maryland for part-time and full-time graduate students.

Graduate Assistants on a full-time appointment (20 hours per week) are eligible for 10 credits of tuition remission in the Fall and Spring semesters and 4 credits in Winter Term. GAs on a half-time appointment (10 hours per week) are eligible for 5 credits of tuition remission in the Fall and Spring semesters and 2 credits in Winter Term. GAs on a full-time 12-month appointment are also eligible for up to 8 credits of tuition remission during Summer; and GAs on a half-time 12-month appointment are eligible for up to 4 credits during Summer. 

Tuition remission is credited at the prevailing standard in-state credit hour rate at the time the class is taken. Our MPH and MHA programs have higher credit hour rates. The tuition remission benefit does not cover the tuition difference, which remains the responsibility of the Graduate or Teaching Assistant.

Tuition remission does not cover Mandatory Fees. Please see the Schedule of Classes for a current schedule of Mandatory Fees.

2020-21 Academic Year Tuition Rates

The complete breakdown of mandatory fees is available on the UMD Bursar’s website.

Graduate tuition rates are set per credit hour. There is no cap or flat rate for part-time or full-time graduate enrollment.

Note: MPH, MHA, Global Health certificate and Principles of Public Health certificate students are charged at a higher tuition rate. All other SPH graduate program tuition rates are set by the Bursar's Office. 

Program In-State Tuition Out of State Tuition Part-Time Mandatory Fees Full-Time Mandatory Fees
UMD Standard Graduate Programs $731 per credit $1,625 per credit $451.00 flat rate $817.50 flat rate
SPH MPH and MHA Programs $878 per credit $1,609 per credit $451.00 flat rate $817.50 flat rate
SPH Online Graduate Programs $878 per credit N/A $100.00 flat rate $100.00 flat rate

Note: Out-of-state tuition is the same for international students.

The SPH is reinvesting these differential tuition costs directly back into opportunities that support MPH and MHA students, including support for teaching assistants and instructional support in the SPHL core courses, internship and student services support, and the Graduate Students in Public Health (GSPH) student organization.

Financing Your Graduate Degree

As with undergraduate education, many students fund their graduate education through a combination of financial support strategies. These might include loans, grants, scholarships, employer assistance, fellowships or traineeships, and teaching or research assistantships. All prospective graduate students should take time to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Yes, it’s for graduate students, too! The FAFSA is used to determine your financial need for other forms of aid, too. While the deadline for submission is June 30, the earlier the application is filed, the better the financial aid package an applicant is likely to be offered, and the lower the interest rates.  

Prospective graduate students should also seek out fellowships, traineeships, and teaching/research assistantships available through the department in which they will study and the university they will attend. At the University of Maryland, departments and programs may have fellowship or assistantship funds separate from those available through the University of Maryland Graduate School. Contact our graduate directors for departmental funding opportunities, and the University of Maryland Graduate School for other fellowship opportunities. These assistantships will not cover the full cost of tuition for our MPH/MHA students, but they will steeply discount that tuition rate. Graduate assistantships may also be available through our research centers.

For other resources on financial aid and scholarships, please visit the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health.

Graduate Student Scholarships and Fellowships

Professor Emeritus David H. Clarke, who was a leader in the area of exercise physiology, established this award to support Graduate Students in the Department of Kinesiology. Students with outstanding academic achievement can apply for conference travel; the full announcement and deadlines are sent via email. 

This fellowship supports selected international research activities by doctoral students in the Department of Kinesiology.  This award is made possible through the generosity of anonymous donors who saw the need for funding in this area.  Students can contact Ms. Polly Schurer for more information and to apply prior to the event and/or need.

The Department of Kinesiology’s graduate student grant program – Graduate Research Initiative Project (GRIP) - is intended to assist graduate students in Kinesiology with funding for their research. This is a competitive grant program and has two grant application/review cycles per year: September 15th and February 15 – with funding decisions provided within two months of submission deadlines. Full announcements are sent via email. Through the generosity of donors Drs. Debbie Gebhart and Sally Phillips, the Department is able to fund an additional GRIP proposal.  Students can apply each semester through the standard GRIP application.  

The School of Public Health’s Resiliency Scholarship Fund was established to help currently enrolled students avoid an interruption in their college studies due to an unforeseen emergency. This fund will help the school respond to immediate financial situations that directly impact the student's ability to attend and function in classes. Students considering emergency financial aid should understand that these programs offer limited help, and are not intended to be a secondary form of college funding. Visit the UMD Student Crisis Fund page to learn more about additional crisis funding to help in these situations. Apply for the Resiliency Scholarship Fund. 

This scholarship cannot be used for:

  • Electronics, such as computers, phones, tablets or other personal devices  
  • UMD Parking permits or tickets
  • Loss of clothing or household items do to fire or theft

Application Requirements:

  • Applicant must be a current School of Public Health major.  Priority is given to students with SPH as a primary major.
  • Applicants must have completed at least one semester at the University of Maryland in the School of Public Health.
  • Applicants must have at least one semester left as a student at the University of Maryland in the School of Public Health.
  • Students applying for emergency aid will also be required to provide adequate documentation of the crisis leading to their need for funds.
  • Must demonstrate need and present a copy of current UMD bill/student account balance.

The School of Public Health Graduate Professional Development Scholarship was established to support MPH/MHA/CFT graduate students in the pursuit of professional development opportunities to enhance career readiness beyond classroom experiences. Examples of such opportunities include, but are not limited to, conferences, workshops, networking experiences, and unique internship requirements. The goal is to cover the typical registration costs for such activities. The scholarship is designed to assist in covering expenditures incurred by the student, but may not cover the full expense of the opportunity, as the scholarships are limited to $150 per student. Apply for the School of Public Health Graduate (MPH/MHA/CFT) Professional Development Scholarship. 

Applicant requirements:

  • Must be a current School of Public Health graduate student in the MPH, MHA, or MS-CFT programs.  
  • Must have completed at least one semester at the University of Maryland School of Public Health.
  • Must have at least one semester left as a student at the University of Maryland School of Public Health.
  • Must be in good academic standing to apply for the scholarship.

Additional Information:

  • These funds are NOT designated for research-based experiences. Research funding (especially for research-based master’s and PhD students) may be provided by departments, advisors, or the Graduate School (e.g., Goldhaber Travel Grant). 
  • These funds cannot be used to support the CPH exam or any tuition, fees, or other typical educational expenses. 
  • These funds cannot be used to support membership in a professional organization unless that membership is included as part of conference attendance; the intent of the award is an activity with more direct engagement than membership. 
  • Students may receive funding only ONCE as part of their degree program.
  • Applicants will be required to submit verification of the experience. If verification is not submitted funds must be refunded to SPH.

The Department of Health Policy and Management provides up to $500 per trip to support students presenting at professional conferences. Awards are limited to one per student per year. Funding decisions are based on the quality of work being presented and the likelihood that the conference will enhance the student’s professional development. Preference is given to students who have not previously presented at a conference.

Awards will not be granted to travel to the Population Association of America because the Maryland Population Research Center provides generous travel awards specifically to that conference. In the event that the MPRC grants are not available, talk with your advisor about funding for PAA.

Travel scholarships are available for qualifying students through the Graduate School. Find more information on the UMD Graduate School Travel Grant website.