Tuition and Fees

The Master of Arts in Applied International Studies program is a self-sustaining, fee-based program. Tuition for the 2014-15 cohort is $35,002 (43 credits at $814 per credit). Tuition is the same for in-state, out-of-state, and international students. 

Students may take courses in addition to the MAAIS program requirements, including English language courses. All courses outside of the MAAIS program will be charged an additional fee.

MAAIS students are also responsible for purchasing books and other materials, and paying certain UW student fees, which vary from year to year. Estimated additional expenses (based on 2013-14 rates) are listed in the table below. The following estimates are subject to change without notice:

 Additional Expenses  10-month Estimated Totals
 Health insurance (required)  $2,353
 Room and board  $15,623
 Books and supplies  $1,340
 Local transportation  $1,440
 Personal expenses  $2,517
 UW technology fee (quarterly)  $164
 Registration fee (quarterly)  $176
 Other required quarterly UW fees   $988
 Estimated costs for dependents include living expenses and health insurance:

· Spouse: $11,317.00 (U.S. dollars) per year
· Child: $7,707.00 (U.S. dollars) per year per child

Payment for tuition and fees is due on a quarterly basis, with the first payment required at the beginning of the quarter. Note: anonrefundable $25 late fee will be charged to a student registering on or after the first day of the quarter.

Financial Aid

Students in fee-based programs who are U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens can apply for various forms of financial aid to help cover their educational costs, including federal financial aid, scholarships and loans. For more information, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid website.

Students in fee-based programs are not eligible for tuition exemptions or university grants, including the Washington State Tuition Exemption and Husky Promise programs. For more information, visit UW’s Fee Based Programs and Financial Aid page.

Program Scholarships

A limited number of partial scholarships will be available. More information coming soon.


Assistantship opportunities are available across the university, and MAAIS students can apply for these positions in any department on campus. If you find an assistantship of interest, be sure to check with the hiring unit to determine whether fee-based students are eligible. Keep in mind, even when fee-based students are eligible for a particular assistantship, it is possible that the applicable tuition waiver will not cover 100 percent of the MAAIS course fees due to variable tuition rates between programs.

Assistantships are posted in a variety of ways. Check with the individual departments that interest you to learn how they post positions. The Jackson School of International Studies sends assistantships in its regular email to graduate students.

Other Sources of Funding

The Graduate Funding Information Service
assists UW graduate students in their search for funding opportunities outside the University of Washington. GFIS hosts workshops, posts funding announcements and meets one-on-one with students.


Master of Arts in Applied International Studies
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195
800-506-1325 or 206-897-8939