Museology Master of Arts Program

Finances & Funding

You want to pursue a graduate degree, but funding feels overwhelming. We understand. We are excited to share the following information with you so you can make your dream career a reality.

Work-Study

Work Study is an excellent way to support yourself through school. You get paid to do work that will prepare you for your career in museum studies. What could be better than that? In 2015-2016, 44% of our students qualified for work study. Work Study positions held by Museology students include:

  • AAM Label Competition Manager, Museology
  • Archaeology Collections Assistant, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
  • Burke Education Assistant, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
  • Burke Outreach Assistant, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
  • Burke Registration Assistant, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
  • Communications Outreach Assistant, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
  • Digital Collections Assistant, Special Collections
  • Ethnology Archives Assistant, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
  • Ethnology Collections Assistant, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
  • Exhibit & Interpretation Coordinator, Center for Wooden Boats
  • Henry Collections Assistant, Henry Art Gallery
  • Henry Development Assistant, Henry Art Gallery
  • Henry Education Assistant, Henry Art Gallery
  • Henry Exhibitions Assistant, Henry Art Gallery
  • Henry Public Programs Assistant, Henry Art Gallery
  • Herbarium Collections Assistant, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
  • Membership and Development Assistant, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
  • Paleontology Curatorial Assistant, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
  • Special Events & Advancement Assistant, UW Women’s Center
  • Zoo Evaluation Assistant, Woodland Park Zoo

To find out more about Federal Work Study eligibility and financial aid, please visit the Graduate Student Office of Financial Aid.

Tuition

The Museology Program is a self-sustaining program, also known as a fee-based degree. That means there is no out-of state tuition rate and all tuition funds go to support the Program. This makes the program an affordable option, especially for out-of-state students.

Effective Summer 2016 through Spring 2017, tuition for 2016-2017 is $5,894 per quarter for up to 18 credits, plus a non-refundable $45 registration fee and UW Seattle campus quarterly fees. The program is six quarters total, generally done over two years.

Financial aid

Museology students are eligible for all forms of financial aid with the exception of state-funded University of Washington scholarships and grants. There is just one application for financial aid that works for every school you apply to, so applying is streamlined.
University of Washington students use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for financial aid. The FAFSA should be received at the federal processor by January 15 for priority consideration for our aid programs for the following school year!

How to apply

Go to https://fafsa.ed.gov/ and follow directions to file the FAFSA (and signature page if directed to do so). You can file your 2017-2018 FAFSA as early as  October 1, 2016, noting University of Washington, Code #003798 on the form.

Application for financial aid is separate from application for admission. For priority consideration, you must meet our financial aid deadline (your FAFSA must be dated and received by the Federal Processor by January 15) even if you don’t know whether you will be accepted for admission.

If you do not want to use FAFSA on the Web, you can obtain a paper version FAFSA by calling 1-800-4FEDAID. All applications must be received by the federal processor by January 15 for priority consideration for our aid programs.

We recommend you transmit your application (or mail the form) no later than January 10.

From now on, students and families will not need to estimate tax data to complete the FAFSA.  The FAFSA will ask for the last completed tax year—2015–for 2017-18.

For further information on financial aid, visit the following web sites:

UW Office of Student Financial Aid
U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid
VA loans and veteran’s benefits
Graduate school funding
Work study information