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Our degree is affordable and accessible. Our students represent a range of economic backgrounds and personal circumstances.

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How much does it cost?

Example budget for 2023-24 academic year (assumes 9 months):

Textbooks & course supplies


Rent, utilities & food


Personal & miscellaneous




Museology tuition


Total costs


*Source data found here.

Whoa, I thought you said it was affordable!

It is.

Let’s compare our cost to other museum studies programs. The average cost for one year of tuition at for a museum studies graduate program is $30,285.* Museology’s tuition is $21,630.

*This figure uses out-of-state tuition for other museum studies programs. Museology does not differentiate between in and out-of-state for tuition.

You won’t pay the full price.

Paid internships

We pay students for their internship hours, which means you’ll likely be paid $1,800 during your Museology degree, reducing the cost of the degree by 4%.

Paid internships

Part-time work

80% of our students work part-time while doing their degree. You may be eligible for Work Study, a federal program that subsidizes student workers’ salaries. Our students have found great on-campus jobs that enable them to make money while learning valuable work skills. Both of the museums on campus are eligible to hire Work Study students.

UW Work Study

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Finances should not be a barrier to getting an education! Find out what types of loans, scholarships, and grants you may be eligible for.

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62% of our incoming students take out a loan.

Of the students that take out loans, those loans average $47,700.

Our students typically graduate with an average debt of $29,500.

*Based on self-reported data from the Class of 2023.

How do I repay my loans?

Our graduates are successful, and they’re well positioned to pay back their loans. Of students who graduated from 2018-2022, 76% are employed in museums or related businesses or non-profits. The types of jobs that our students are taking right out of school pay an average of $52,000-$60,000 (in the Seattle-area).

Public Service Loan Forgiveness

PSLF is a program for people who work in public service in federal, state, tribal, or local government, or for a non-profit organization.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness