Graduate Tuition & Financial Aid

A graduate education that puts you on the inside track to advance in your career is, in many ways, priceless. At Widener, the return on your investment is undeniable.

A Commitment to Value and Affordability

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Recognized for top-quality teaching, student engagement, and successful outcomes.

85% of Grad Students Receive Financial Aid

Here, affordability is a priority—85% of full-time graduate students receive financial aid.

Alumni Tuition Discount

As an alum, you may be eligible to receive a tuition discount of up to 20% on one of our many graduate programs.

Save with Stackable Certificates

Stack graduate certificates to earn a master's or doctoral degree on your terms—relaxing your timeline while increasing your savings.

Benefit from Employer Partnerships

Widener partners with many local organizations and corporations to offer discounted tuition and other incentives to their employees.

Widener University vs. Other Colleges

Large, public universities can't match our personal approach. Many private colleges lack our blend of modern facilities, well-connected alumni, and leading academic programs. What does that mean for you? Everything.

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Accomplished Faculty + Flexible Programs = Outsized Success

Not only are our professors industry leaders in their fields—they’re mentors who prioritize your professional growth. And, with many programs offering flexible formats (full- or part-time, hybrid or online, classes on evenings or weekends) and accelerated pathways to a master’s or doctorate degree, your path to success will be uniquely tailored to your needs.

Paths to Savings

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Employer Partnership Discounts & Tuition Reimbursement

Widener University also partners with many local organizations and corporations to offer discounted tuition and other incentives to their employees. Don't see your company on the list? Ask them to become a partner. In addition, employers often offer educational reimbursement benefits. We encourage you to explore these opportunities and will be glad to provide any necessary documentation.

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Assistantships, Fellowships & Work-Study Opportunities

Explore opportunities to work at Widener through various assistantships and fellowships within specific academic programs, federal work-study programs based on financial need, and direct university employment.

Interested in opportunities specific to your academic program? Contact your graduate program's office or affiliated college or school for more information.

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Stackable Certificates

Stacking graduate certificates allows you to earn a master’s or doctoral degree, one affordable certificate at a time. As you complete each certificate, you’ll accrue credits toward your degree. This option offers greater flexibility in paying for your education—as you pay for each certificate when you earn it—and a more relaxed timeline.

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Alumni Tuition Discount

Students who have completed an associate's, bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree offered online or from the Chester campus may be eligible for a 20% discount.

Loans

Loans enable you to fund your education now by borrowing money from the government or another source. In the future, you repay your loans with interest. This is a great option to pursue once you’ve explored our options for saving on your degree. Several loan options are available for graduate students, including the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan, and private/alternative loans.

2023-2024 Cost of Attendance for Graduate Programs 

When comparing costs, be sure to look beyond the sticker price. Because Widener is a private institution, we are able to offer financial assistance that brings this exceptional education within reach for individuals who might not otherwise be able to afford it. Whether you receive a scholarship or grant, participate in a graduate assistantship or fellowship program, or utilize our flexible payment plans, you'll find helpful ways to finance your education

Tuition rates are subject to change. Official costs for your first year will be determined at time of enrollment.

Master's Degrees (2023-2024)

Per Credit
Allied Health Education Master's 869
Business Master's 1,132
Criminal Justice Master's 815
Education Master's 869
Engineering Master's 1,331
Human Sexuality Studies Master's 934
Nursing Master's 1,019
Nutrition Master's 1,029
Organizational Development & Leadership Master's 869
Public Administration Master's 815
Social Work Master's (On Campus) 943
Social Work Master's (Online) 943
Speech-Language Pathology Master's 1,008

Doctoral Degrees (2023-2024)

Per Credit
Education Doctoral 1,097
Health Professions Education Doctoral 1,054
Human Sexuality Studies Doctoral 1,151
Nursing Doctoral 1,076
Occupational Therapy Doctoral 1,121
Physical Therapy Doctoral 1,121
Psychology PsyD Doctoral* 1,304
Social Work Doctoral 1,047

Psychology (Full-Time Doctoral) Per Semester Annual
Psychology - First Year $19,352.00 $38,704
Psychology - Fall 2022 Cohort $18,697.50 $37,395
Psychology - Fall 2021 Cohort $18,170.50 $36,341
Psychology - Fall 2020 Cohort $17,814.50 $35,629
Psychology - Fall 2019 Cohort $17,465.00 $34,930

Certificate Programs (2023-2024)

Per Credit
Arts & Sciences Certificates 414
Business Certificates 1,132
Education - PA Dept of Ed Certifications 492
Education - PA Dept of Ed Endorsements 492
Education Certificates 414
Graduate & Continuing Studies Certificates 414
Nursing Certificates 1,019
Sex Therapy Certificate 500

Course Number Assessment

All graduate program tuition and fee charges are assessed by course numbers and the academic program the course is offered under. Course numbers 500 to 699 are assessed at the master’s degree tuition rate, course numbers 700 to 999 are assessed at the doctoral tuition rate. Graduate students who take courses offered at different levels or in different academic programs will pay different tuition and fee rates for those courses.

Calculating Tuition for Dual Degree Programs

Dual degree students will be charged the full tuition amount for both programs plus a yearly dual enrollment fee. Students enrolled in a dual program with PsyD will only pay for the tuition of PsyD and the dual enrollment fee, but will not be charged the tuition for their second program.

Please visit the Bursar's Office for further information about dual enrollment fees.

Additional Fees

 Per Semester
Technology Fees 
  • 3 to 11 credits
$87
  • 12 and over credits
$209
  • Nursing technology fee
$60
New Student Fee$35
Graduate Student Fee$36

Depending on program requirements, there may be additional costs for field placement or other academic-related expenses, including joint program fees and dissertation fees.

For a complete breakdown of all tuition charges and fees, visit the Bursar's Office.

Applying for Financial Aid as a Graduate Student

Widener FAFSA Code 003313

Our financial aid team is here to guide you through the financial aid process. Getting started is easy. Simply apply to Widener to be automatically considered for scholarships and grants.

Another critical factor in securing financial aid: your FAFSA, or “Free Application for Federal Student Aid”—it determines your eligibility for aid awarded by Widener, the government, and other sources. As you complete the FAFSA, you’ll need Widener’s school code: 003313.

Complete Your FAFSA

Determining eligibility

In order to receive a financial aid offer, students must meet certain eligibility requirements

Here are the general eligibility requirements for most financial aid programs:

  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student in an eligible degree or certificate program

Applying for aid

Students need the following items to complete the FAFSA:

  1. Social Security number, or, if applicable, alien registration number
  2. Student's W2 and/or 1099 forms from two years prior
  3. Federal tax return from two years prior. All families are encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to save time and reduce errors providing tax information.
  4. Current information related to assets (e.g., bank statements, stocks, bonds, etc.)
  5. Household information (e.g., household size, number of family members in college, parent marital status, student marital status, etc.)
  6. FSA ID: This is a unique ID that provides access to Federal Student Aid's online system and can serve as a legal signature. Both the student and at least one parent need separate FSA IDs.

In nearly all cases, graduate and continuing studies students are considered independent students and do not need to provide parent information.

If at any time you have questions or are unsure what to do, we are here to help. Please contact the financial aid team for assistance.

What should I expect after I submit the FAFSA?

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Federal Student Aid will let us know once your FAFSA has been processed so we can begin our review.

You can review your status online and will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) within a few days after submission. This will summarize all submitted information and allow you to review for any required changes.

If your aid offer includes a federal loan and you are a first time borrower, there are a few more steps to take in order to receive the loan.

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