Costs and Financial Assistance

The Master of Arts in Applied International Studies program is a a self-sustaining program, also known as a fee-based degree. Tuition is the same for in-state, out-of-state, and international students.

Tuition and fees are determined annually and are subject to change without prior notice. The amounts shown here represent 2015-2016 estimates. These are estimates only and will be updated as new information is available.

Estimated Costs 2015-16
Tuition $35,002
Fees* $1,591
Total $36,593


Fees include: U-PASS (public transportation), registration fee, and other mandatory UW fees. Students may take University of Washington courses in addition to the MAAIS program requirements, including English language courses, for an additional fee.

Payment for tuition and fees is due on a quarterly basis, with the first payment required at the time of registration.

Estimated additional expenses (based on 2014-15 rates) are listed in the table below; actual costs will vary by student. All UW students are required to have health insurance. Please visit the following sites for more information: Domestic Student Health Insurance or International Student Health Insurance.

Room and Board (on-campus) $15,623
Books and Supplies $1,340
Health Insurance $2,353
Personal Expenses $2,517


Financial Aid

MAAIS students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents may apply for financial assistance to help cover their educational costs, including federal financial aid, scholarships and loans. For more information, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid website.  MAAIS international students are also eligible for financial assistance. Please visit the Office of International Student Services.

Note: MAAIS students are not eligible for tuition exemptions or university grants, including the Washington State Tuition Exemption program. For more information, visit UW’s Fee Based Programs and Financial Aid page.


Program Fellowships

A limited number of MAAIS Fellowships will be awarded to student applicants who demonstrate the greatest potential to make a significant and unique contribution to the MAAIS program. No additional application is necessary.



MAAIS students are eligible to apply for assistantship opportunities across the University of Washington campus. Please note that assistantships may vary in coverage of student fees. Check on the UW Employment page (search using the category "Academic Student Employee") or contact the administrative office within an individual department to learn how they advertise assistantship opportunities.


Other Sources of Funding

The Graduate Funding Information Service
 (GFIS) assists UW graduate students in their search for funding opportunities outside the University of Washington. GFIS representatives host workshops, post funding announcements and meet one-on-one with students.


Master of Arts in Applied International Studies
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195