Tuition and Program Costs: MAPOF

Effective February 1, 2023

The tuition cost and required program fees of the MAPOF program include all in-person and distance course work, study committee meetings, and program administration. Tuition may be adjusted at the beginning of each academic year. Re-enrollment and additional costs will occur if courses are required to be repeated. The tuition and program fees do not include books and reading materials, travel costs, long distance telephone fees, local and offsite room and board, or personal and professional development sessions.  A detailed breakdown of program costs is provided below, including estimated additional costs for books, accommodation etc.

Program Cost Summary

The MAPOF program requires 57 quarter credits to graduate @ $600/credit.

Students may complete, without additional cost, an additional 4 elective credits to earn 61 credits in total. 

Tuition – 57 quarter credits @ $600/credit $34,200
Tuition plus Required Program fees $34,775
Estimated Total Program Cost (includes $4,875 additional estimated program costs listed below) $39,650

Detailed cost breakdown

Program Tuition $34,200
Application Fee $100
Graduation Fee  (paid in last quarter) $25
Technology Fee ($75 paid per quarter – summer omitted) $450

Estimated Additional Program Costs:

Lodging (estimate based upon 30 days at average rate of $80/night) $2,400
Books (estimated) $475
Personal and Professional Development (estimate based upon 20 sessions) $2,000
Estimated Total Program Cost   $39,650
Graduation Fee

Billed in last semester of the program, this fee covers the cost of graduation: $25

Technology Fee

Billed each academic quarter, this fee covers the costs associated with the PWI online Learning Management System: $75/quarter (summer term omitted) for a total cost of $450

Miscellaneous Fees (if required)

Interim fee                $100

Additional transcripts   $15

Returned Check Fee     $15

Tuition installments

Tuition is due in quarterly installments. Tuition installments are due on the first day of each quarter. Invoices are sent 30 days prior to the beginning of the quarter.  See the academic calendar for tuition due dates.

Financial Assistance

PWI is a tuition funded non-profit organization, and we are able to offer a limited amount of tuition discount awards for each program. These reductions are provided to support students who have financial hardship. Please note that PWI does not presently hold Title IV designation in the U.S. and does not qualify for student loan programs.  If a student experiences financial hardship during the program, he or she is encouraged to contact the administrative office at PWI to determine if an individualized payment plan can be arranged during the time of financial hardship.

Tuition Refund Policy

A student is permitted to withdraw during any part of the program in whatever manner – in writing, by phone, or in person. The following policy guides the minimum tuition refund entitlement in the case of student withdrawal.  In case of a student illness, accident, psychological emergency, death in family, or other circumstances beyond the control of the student, the Process Work Institute will give special consideration to the student’s request for tuition refund beyond the minimum refund policy.

The MAPOF program is structured in academic quarters of ten weeks.  The following table outlines the refund policy based on the weeks of the quarter.

Withdrawal Point

Refundable Tuition

Prior to the first day of the quarter 100%
Within first week of the quarter 90%
Within the second week of the quarter 80%
Within the third week of the quarter 70%
Within the fourth week of the quarter 60%
Within the fifth week of the quarter 50%
Sixth week or later No entitlement to refund

Student Obligations

Students are responsible for paying tuition and the other program costs described in the estimated total program cost breakdown above.  Tuition does not include fees for room, board, or travel costs, long distance telephone fees or internet fees, computer hardware or software or other computer related costs, books, personal and professional development mentor sessions, re-taking a failed or incomplete course, and program fees such as the technology and graduation fees.

Guide to Estimated Additional Program Costs

For program costs in addition to tuition and program fees, the following guide provides the approximate costs that students can expect to pay.

Personal and Professional Development

There is a non-credit bearing requirement of 20 hours of personal professional development for graduation in the MAPOF program. The expenses associated with the required hours are the responsibility of the student and will vary depending on the provider selected by the student. MAPOF students should expect to incur charges of approximately $1,000 per academic year for personal and professional development sessions.


The Institute does not have on-campus housing or food service. The Institute does not assist students in finding housing; however, students can often find housing with local students or community members. Accommodation costs in Portland vary. Students can expect to pay:

Hostel (shared room)   $25-$34 per night

Hostel (private room)   $68-$84 per night

Hotel                            $99-$135 per night

Residential training in the MAPOF program may also include offsite seminar portions. Students stay in a shared rental venue and are responsible for the costs of housing and meals during the offsite. The costs for this vary, but students can expect to pay $200 for room and board for a week.


Students will have to travel to Portland, Oregon several times over the course of their study. Six residential periods over two years are required in the MAPOF program. Travel costs are not included in the cost of tuition. Travel from Portland to and from offsite venues are the student’s responsibility. Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements.

Distance Learning Costs

Some of the courses in the MAPOF program happen via distance learning. Students are responsible for all the costs associated with learning at a distance: computer, long distance phone charges, high speed internet access, and the costs of an internet provider. All charges are subject to change by these companies. The Institute has no operational relationship with any online provider. PWI has free Internet access for students when they are in residence.   The technology requirements for participating in the program are listed below and published in the Catalog.

Books and Supplies

Many books required for courses are available for purchase through the PWI bookstore, available in the PWI campus library, or online, as well as in local bookstores. Students can expect to pay approximately $475 for the cost of books. If purchased online, there may be additional shipping costs. International shipping and priority delivery will increase these costs.

International Students

Students whose native language is not English and who may require extra help with language are solely responsible for the costs of tutoring, editing, proofreading, or translation costs, as well as all required English Language equivalency tests or transcript translations and evaluations. Foreign students are also responsible for the costs associated with the non-immigrant student visa application and SEVIS fee.

Proof of Bachelor’s Degree

To be accepted into the MAPOF program, students must provide official transcripts to document completion of a baccalaureate degree from a college or university accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, or international equivalent. If the bachelor’s degree was obtained outside of the United States, it must be certified as equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor of Arts degree by the International Education Research Foundation (IERF) or other authorized credential evaluation service (member of either Association of International Credentials Evaluators (AICE) or National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) ). Transcripts in languages other than English must be officially translated by a professional translator fluent in the language of the transcript.  Any fees associated with procuring official academic transcripts, translations, and the credential evaluation service, are the sole responsibility of the student.