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.


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 Fall 2022 through Summer 2023, tuition for 2022-2023 is $7,028 per quarter, plus a non-refundable $55 registration fee and UW Seattle campus quarterly fees. The program is six quarters total, generally completed over two years.

Paid Internships

Museology is committed to providing paid internship opportunities starting in 2018. Students are eligible to receive funding for up to three credits (90 hours) of internships, based upon an $18 per hour pay rate. Paid internships make museum work accessible for students, creating a more equitable opportunity for students to gain experience in the field. We also hope that through studying the effects of this initiative, we can contribute to the larger, field-wide conversation around the implications of unpaid internships.


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? Generally, about half of our students qualified for work study. Work Study positions held by Museology students include:

  • Collections Assistant, Archaeology Division, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
  • Collections Assistant, Henry Art Gallery
  • Curatorial Assistant, Paleobotany Division, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
  • Membership and Development Assistant, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
  • Education Assistant, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
  • Public Programs Assistant, Henry Art Gallery
  • Public Outreach Assistant, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
  • Public Outreach Coordinator, Archaeology Division, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
  • Events and Communications Assistant, Museology Graduate Program, University of Washington
  • Evaluation Assistant, Woodland Park Zoo
  • Audience Development Assistant, Meany Center for Performing Arts

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

Financial aid

Museology students are eligible for all forms of financial aid with the exception of state-funded University of Washington scholarships and grants. The primary source of financial aid for the Museology program comes from the University of Washington (UW) Office of Student Financial Aid. The most common forms of UW-administered financial aid that Museology students receive are loans, and about half of our students receive work-study awards. 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 and follow directions to file the FAFSA (and signature page if directed to do so). You can file your 2022-2023 FAFSA as early as  October 1, 2021, 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—2020–for 2022-23.

GSEE Graduate Supplemental Awards

The Museology program is committed to making advances in promoting diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion in the museum field. There is mounting pressure for museums to address their colonial history and continued exclusionary practices, including the underrepresentation of “those who have historically been relegated to the margins of society due to legacies of racism, ableism, sexism, heterosexism, xenophobia, and all other forms of injustice” (Ivy, 2018).
Central to this issue is the lack of underrepresented voices from within museum’s staff and leadership.

  • Only 28% of staff in sample of art museums were minorities, and heavily concentrated in security and facilities positions (Schonfeld et al., 2015).
  • 93% of museum CEOs and 90% of nonprofit CEOs identified as Caucasian. Only 4% of museum CEOs and 3% of nonprofit CEOs identified as Hispanic or Latino (BoardSource, 2017).
    • This compares to the US population, of which 64% of the population identify as White Non-Hispanic (U.S. Census Bureau, 2011).
  • While demographic data has not been systematically collected, there has been a growing voice for greater representation of individuals from low-income families and first generation college graduates within the museum workforce and leadership.

Each year, we nominate a few incoming students for the one-year GSEE Graduate Supplemental Award to reduce barriers for individuals from these underrepresented communities to pursue a graduate education. Nominations are made during the application process, and awardees are announced in mid-to-late Spring.


BoardSource (2017). Museum Board Leadership 2017: A National Report. Washington, D.C.: BoardSource. Retrieved from

Ivy, N. (2018). Facing Change: Insights from the American Alliance of Museums’ Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion Working Group. Washington, D.C.: American Alliance of Museums. Retrieved from

Schonfeld, R. C., & Westermann, M. (2015). The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Art Museum Staff Demographic Survey. New York: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

U.S. Census Bureau. (2011). Overview of Race and Hispanic Origin: 2010 (No. C2010BR–02). Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office. Retrieved from

External Scholarships and Fellowships

The University of Washington’s Graduate Funding Information Service (GFIS) office provides assistance to UW graduate students seeking scholarships, fellowships, and awards to help with funding their graduate studies. GFIS developed a guide to assist prospective Museology students search for funding opportunities. For DACA students, Immigrants Rising has compiled a list of scholarships you can apply for. We recommend students apply for funding as they are working on their application, as many applications are due 9 to 12 months before the award date.

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