MSIM Tuition & Financial Aid
The Early-Career (formerly "Full-Time") and Mid-Career MSIM programs are self-sustaining/fee-based programs. Tuition is charged on a per credit basis directly to the student. The University of Washington reserves the right to change tuition and fees without prior notice, and tuition is expected to increase in the future. Note that the cost of the MSIM program is the same for both Washington state residents and non-residents. MSIM students are also eligible to receive financial aid to help cover the cost of tuition.
Below is the tuition information for the Early-Career and Mid-Career MSIM programs in the 2019-2020 Academic Year:
Rates for Incoming/First year students for Autumn 2019:
Cost per credit = $853
1-year Early-Career program (40 credits): $34,120
2-year Early-Career program (65 credits): $55,445
Mid-Career program (36 credits): $30,708
Rates for Continuing/Second year students for Autumn 2019:
Cost per credit = $837
2-year Early-Career program (65 credits): $54,405
Mid-Career program (36 credits): $30,132
- Tuition is the same for all students, regardless of residency. (There are no separate rates for in-state and out-of-state tuition.)
- Tuition is based on the number of credits taken. Students who choose to take more credits than the number needed for the degree will pay more than the total amount listed.
- These rates are specific to the 2019-2020 academic year. Please take into account that tuition increases each year. In addition to tuition, students should budget for additional fees.
- Student fees assessed for the previous academic year can be reviewed here and include a non-refundable registration fee for students in self-sustaining programs ($55 quarterly). These fees tend to increase annually.
- The MSIM program is fee-based (self-sustaining) and does not qualify for the State Employee Tuition Exemption program.
- Financial aid awards (loan packages) for Mid-Career MSIM students are limited to tuition only (up to 5 credits) and will not cover living expenses. Students who will need a loan package that will cover more than part-time tuition should apply for the Full-Time MSIM program.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
The structure of financial aid, scholarships and other forms of educational support for graduate students works differently than what you experienced as an undergraduate. The good news: Aid is available for graduate school. The challenge: You need to be more proactive in researching the types of funds available and searching through a variety of funding sources.
Learn more about the sources available to help fund your education:
- Federal and state aid
- University of Washington funds and resources
- Information School funding and scholarships
- External resources and scholarships
- Information for international students
- Scholarships for which MSIM students can apply
Helpful Tips for Finding Aid
Don’t wait until you are admitted to search and apply for funding. Scholarship deadlines tend to be in mid-winter. You may not have your admissions decisions by the time deadlines occur.
Do your research! Look for funding that will match your specific goals, background and interests.
Submit the FAFSA at fafsa.ed.gov. Most loans are based on the FAFSA, as are some scholarships. The priority deadline to submit the FAFSA for the UW is Jan. 15 each year.
Ask for an adjustment. Financial aid for the first year is based on your income from the previous year. Once you start school, you will probably not have the same income level if you’re no longer working or working less hours. When your employment status changes, contact UW Financial Aid and update them on your income. Also, let them know if you need to buy any items (such as a new computer) to support your studies. These items can also help increase your financial aid.