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Professional Studies Tuition & Policies

Non-Degree (Non-Matriculated) Courses 

Visit the courses page to view graduate professional development (non-degree) course information and associated tuition and fees. Full payment of tuition and fees is due at the time of registration.  
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​​​​​​Academic Year 2023–2024

  • Tuition: $350 per credit 

  • Course Fee: Varies by course, typically $50–$100

Specialized courses, partnership courses, and those with fewer than three credits are offered at custom rates. 

Course Fee: This fee varies by course, according to specific academic and operational costs incurred for that particular class, studio or lab. Course fees are noted on the individual course pages and are nonrefundable.

Registration Fee: A $50 nonrefundable registration fee is included in the cost of tuition for each course. If a student decides to withdraw from a course, the $50 registration fee is retained by the University along with the course fee.

MEd, MM, & Graduate Certificates


Students enrolled in MEd, MM, and Graduate Certificate programs are considered matriculated students. Matriculated students are required to pay course tuition and fees in full each semester.  Course fees vary by class and are applied to specific operational costs incurred in certain classes, studios or labs. Payment of fees assigned to courses is nonrefundable.

Students are responsible for obtaining their own course materials and supplies. Supply lists specific to each class are included in the syllabi posted online at least one week prior to class.

Financial Aid & Discounts

MEd and Graduate Certificate students cannot redeem tuition discounts offered by the Professional Institute for Educators.  No discounts are available for MM Music Education students.

The MM and Graduate Certificate programs are not federal-aid eligible. You can select to take out a private educational loan to cover some or all of the costs. UArts has a list of lenders available at for you to compare. Contact Student Financial Services for more information on selecting a private educational loan or call (215) 717-6170. Payment Plans are also available for these programs.

MEd programs are eligible for federal financial aid.

Academic Year 2023–2024 

  • Tuition: $675 per credit / $2,025 for a 3-credit course

  • Fees: Varies by course, typically $50–$100

Please note: the MM and Graduate Certificate programs are not federal-aid eligible. You can select to take out a private educational loan to cover some or all of the costs. UArts has a list of lenders available at for you to compare. Contact Student Financial Services for more information on selecting a private educational loan.   

Payment Plans

MM Music Education, MEd and graduate certificate students are eligible to enroll in payment plans supported by Nelnet.

Signing Up for the Payment Plan 

Log in to the Nelnet Campus Commerce portal to create your profile.

Please note, payments made either one-time or via payment plan cannot be made until you have registered for coursework and have a balance. 

Please view the instructions for how to view your balance and make a payment via the Student Finance module in Student Self Service.

Non-Matriculated Courses Refund Policy

(For Professional Institute for Educators and Summer Music Studies NM courses) 

The registration fee totals $50 and is included in the cost of tuition for each course.  If a student decides to withdraw from a course, the $50 registration fee is retained by the University, along with the nonrefundable course fee

All refunds are calculated as follows.

  • 100% refund, less the nonrefundable fees (Course Fee + $50 Registration Fee), for withdrawal five business days prior to the first class

  • No refund for withdrawal fewer than five business days

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All PIE and SMS withdrawals must be submitted using the "Withdrawal from Course" form located in the Student Portal. The date you submit the form is used to calculate the refund amount. Please allow up to five to seven business days for refund requests to be reviewed and processed. The Professional Institute for Educators and Summer Music Studies strongly encourages students to seek pre-approval from their school district before registering for courses. Exceptions to the above policy will not be granted.

Course Cancellations

The University of the Arts reserves the right to cancel classes due to low enrollment. If a cancellation should occur, students will be notified prior to the start of classes and will receive a full refund within five to seven business days.

MEd, MM, & Graduate Certificates Refund Policy

All refunds are less nonrefundable course fees. Graduate students should submit withdrawal requests in writing to their program's director.  

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MEd, MM, & Graduate Certificates Refund Policy




Five business days prior to the first session of classes



Fewer than five  business days prior to the first session of classes



At the end of the first class session



On or after the second class session



Tuition Discounts & Scholarships

Discounts must be requested and applied at the time of registration, and cannot be applied retroactively. Only one discount can be used at a time. All discounts are applied to the cost of tuition; fees are the responsibility of the student. Note: If you need assistance to redeem the following discounts online, please call 215.717.6006.

Discounts apply to non-matriculated, full cost Professional Institute for Educators coursework only. Matriculated coursework (MM or MEd/Certificates), Teaching with Primary Sources, Summer Music Studies, and partnership courses are not eligible for discounts. Some restrictions apply.

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 Alumni Discount (25%)

Graduates of the University of the Arts, Philadelphia College of Art and Design, or the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts are entitled to a 25% discount on tuition ($262.50).

 School District of Philadelphia Scholarship ($250/course)

A scholarship of $250 is available for educators currently teaching in the School District of Philadelphia. Please provide an image of your pay stub or ID card to redeem the discount.

 PSEA Member Discount ($100/course)

A $100 discount is available to all PSEA members. Please provide your member ID number to redeem the discount.


Academic & Accreditation Information
University of the Arts is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Professional Studies at the University of the Arts offers both matriculated and non-matriculated graduate-level courses. Non-matriculated students include:  students who have their Bachelor’s degree and are taking additional coursework in preparation for applying to a graduate program; students interested in applying graduate credits towards Masters Equivalency Programs; students taking graduate coursework to fulfill PA certified teachers professional development requirements; and students who wish to remain non-degree seeking but are interested in enrolling in coursework for personal fulfillment.  Matriculated students are those who have applied and been admitted into either the Master of Education, Master of Music in Education, or Graduate Certificate program.

Educators taking courses for credit are required to complete assignments for evaluation outside of direct contact hours. These assignments may include lesson plans, readings, papers, projects, presentations or other work relating the course content to classroom application. Most final course projects will be due two weeks after the final class meeting.

Student Code of Conduct

The University reserves the right to deny registration to any student based upon the student’s prior behavior or actions in a previous class, program or workshop at the University.

Additionally, any current student may be dismissed from their class and the program if found to be disruptive or behaving inappropriately in class or on the University campus. Students dismissed from any UArts program will be denied admission to future terms and programs.

All students at the University of the Arts are expected to adhere to a Student Code of Conduct.

Academic Integrity / Honesty Policy

Academic Integrity is a commitment to the core values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility and their role in ensuring the health and vigor of the academic and creative community. The university community is continually mindful of the need to preserve academic integrity standards, inclusive of any technological advances in delivery methods of information access and use.  Please note that students are encouraged to contact their instructors and/or the University librarians for guidance in maintaining academic integrity in their work.

Violations of Academic Integrity
Violations of academic integrity are considered to be acts of academic dishonesty and include (but are not limited to) cheating, plagiarizing, fabrication, denying others access to information or material, and facilitating academic dishonesty, and are subject to the policies and procedures noted here and within the Course Catalog, including the Student Code of Conduct and the Student Judicial System. Please note that lack of knowledge of citations procedures, for example, is an unacceptable explanation for plagiarism, as is having studied together to produce remarkably similar papers or creative works submitted separately by two students.

Procedures for Addressing Violations of Academic Integrity
If an instructor suspects a student of any violation of academic integrity, the following process is to be followed:

  1. After an initial consultation with the Chair/Director/Academic Dean where the infraction is identified and its seriousness assessed, the instructor must address the situation with the student, either in writing or in person. After having addressed the situation with the student, the instructor shall determine an appropriate course of action within their purview as a member of the teaching faculty. (Please refer to the "Sanctions" section of this policy for possible actions to be taken in such cases.)

  2. In the case of Assignment Sanctions (see below), the instructor may submit a written summary as outlined above if they deem it to be warranted.

  3. In the case of Course Sanctions (see below), the instructor may submit a written summary as outlined above if they deems it to be warranted.

  4. In cases where either the Associate Provost or the instructor determines that the offense merits consideration by the Campus Standards Committee, the instructor works in conjunction with the Associate Provost to formally refer the case to the Campus Standards Committee.

  5. In all academic integrity matters that are handled by the faculty member, notification of the sanctions, if any, must be sent to the Provost’s office, which will notify the office of student affairs and dean of students.  Students who receive numerous violations of academic integrity may be brought before a Campus Standards Committee.

After consulting with the department chair/director/Dean, it is up to the instructor to determine how serious the offense is (based on her/his academic standards and expectations) as it relates to the sanctions to be imposed within his or her course. Both the Associate Provost and the instructor have the right to determine whether the offense warrants advancement to the Campus Standards Committee. The Associate Provost must be kept apprised by the instructor of the actions taken. If it is judged that a student has violated the University’s standards for academic integrity, sanctions may include but are not limited to:

  Assignment Sanctions

  1. Repeating the assignment or completing an additional assignment. (Please note that when sanctions are imposed in this manner, students become ineligible for an Incomplete or a Withdrawal from the course in which the sanctions are imposed if it is pursued as a result of the sanction.);

  2. Failure of the assignment with no opportunity to repeat it. No points will be earned for the assignment (that is, an F will equal a "0").

  Course Sanctions

  1. Issuance of a warning or verbal reprimand with a written description of the interaction by the instructor. Copies of such reprimands must be kept by the instructor, and submitted to the Office of the Provost who will forward copies to the Student’s Judicial File and the student;

  2. Failure of the class;

  3. Referral to the Campus Standards Committee for possible actions that may include but are not limited to suspension, dismissal or expulsion. Such referral is likely in the extreme or repeated cases involving a violation of academic integrity.

Appeals Procedure
Students who wish to appeal the instructor’s sanction(s) should follow the procedure as outlined in the Academic Policies section of the Course Catalog under "Academic Grievances". Students who wish to appeal the decision of the Campus Standards Committee should follow the procedure outlined in the "Judicial System" section of this handbook.


All students are expected to attend classes promptly, regularly, and for the duration of the scheduled instructional time. Individual instructors will decide the optimum time for taking attendance and may penalize for habitual lateness or absence. Repeated absences may result in a grade of “F” for a course.

Students who withdraw from a course must do so in writing. Non-attendance does not constitute an official withdrawal.


School of Professional Studies students may obtain their final course grades online through WebAdvisor|MyUArts Record. Students will be notified via email of the process to obtain grades online. Grades will be available online one week after the submission of the final course project.

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An incomplete grade may be granted only in extraordinary circumstances that prevent the student from completing coursework by the end of the semester. The grade “I” is only given when the completed portion of the student’s coursework is of passing quality. To receive the grade of Incomplete, the student must obtain written approval on the Incomplete Form from the course instructor and the Dean of the College of Critical & Professional Studies prior to the conclusion of the semester.Grade of Incomplete ("I")

Extraordinary circumstances include:

  • Serious student illness, accompanied by a doctor’s certificate

  • Extreme emergency, substantiated by written documentation

Incomplete grades not cleared by the end of the sixth week of the following semester will be automatically assigned the grade of “F.”

Incomplete Grade Forms are available at or in person at the Office of the Registrar.

Online + Hybrid Courses

Online and hybrid courses have the same learning objectives and use the same faculty and curriculum as our traditional classroom courses, with the added benefit of convenience. Participants have 24/7 access to course materials and can work at their own pace any time of day. Distance education is not for everyone. Students wishing to enroll in online and hybrid courses must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Access to a computer with a web browser, Microsoft Office or equivalent and Adobe Acrobat Reader.

  • High-speed Internet access.

  • Comfort working on computers, including saving, deleting and moving files.

  • Ability to install software, as needed.

Students in online and hybrid courses will be required to participate in weekly discussions and complete all projects and assignments indicated in the syllabus.

Online courses include several synchronous sessions to allow you to connect with your online community of peers and faculty. All synchronous sessions will be recorded and available to students who are unable to participate during the scheduled session time. It is your responsibility to review recorded sessions. Further details about synchronous online sessions will be available to you before the course begins. 

Note: Students enrolled in online and hybrid courses will utilize the University's learning management system, Digication, which can be accessed via the University of the Arts portal


Located on the Avenue of the Arts in the heart of Center City, our urban campus does not have visitor parking on-campus.  There are a number of independent parking lots and garages located near campus, many within 1 block of Hamilton Hall, the location of the Admissions Office.

Course Cancellations

The University of the Arts reserves the right to cancel classes due to low enrollment. If a cancellation should occur, students will be notified prior to the start of classes and will have the option of taking another course or receiving a full refund.

School Closings

On Campus

In the event of inclement weather, University officials will make every attempt to render a prompt decision regarding whether classes will be canceled. There are several ways for you to learn if classes have been canceled due to emergency, snow or other inclement weather:

  • Check the UArts main page for an alert

  • Sign up to receive a UArts Alert text message and/or email

  • Check a local media outlet

    • KYW Radio 1060 AM (the University of the Arts school number is 116)

    • Channels 3, 6, 10 and Fox29 TV

  • Call our weather hotline at 215-717-6996 and listen to the recorded message

When the campus is closed, all on-campus events (including Professional Institute for Educators courses) are canceled.

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Weather conditions can vary greatly in surrounding counties. If a particular off-campus location is closed due to inclement weather, the closure will be announced to the media and UArts classes will not take place at that site.  You may also check with the location directly for closing information:

Berks County
GoggleWorks Center for the Arts: (610)374-4600, ext. 199; WFMZ-TV 69

Bucks County
Bucks County Intermediate Unit: (215)348-2940

Chester County
Unionville Elementary (Unionville Chadds Ford School District): (610)347-1700; KYW-TV 3 school code 850

Montgomery County
Wayne Art Center: (610)688-3553; KYW-TV 3 school code
Villanova University: (610)519-4505


Please call, email or stop by with any questions.

Phone: (215)717-6092
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Office Location
Terra Hall
211 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, 9th Floor, Room 901

Tax Information

Students are able to obtain their 1098T from Self Service. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Student Financial Service at or (215)717-6170.

1. Log into Self Service

2. Click on Tax Information

3. Click on the 1098T Statement for the applicable tax year


This is not a contractual document. University of the Arts reserves the right to change any curricular offering, policy, faculty assignment, or financial regulation described on this website. University of the Arts gives equal consideration to all applicants for admission and scholarships and conducts all educational programs, activities, and employment practices without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national or ethnic origin, or disability.


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211 S. Broad St, Terra Hall 905
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 717 - 6006

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