Most students do not receive full funding, therefore, in order to minimize costs many students complete the program in four to five quarters. It looks something like this:  

  • In year one students complete the first three quarters consecutively and in-residence (required).
  • In year two, students often:
    • apply for Teaching or Research Assistant positions.
    • apply for FLAS Scholarships.
    • utilize Independent Learning to register for thesis and practicum credits by paying deeply discounted tuition fees (about $350 per quarter for up to 18 credits) while abroad.

Of note: 

  • Most students return to Seattle for spring quarter of their second year to complete any outstanding degree requirements and participate in graduation activities. 
  • All required coursework can be completed in the first three quarters.
  • The 63 credits required for the MPH can be completed in four quarters. 
  • Departmental travel grants of up to US $4,000 are often used in conjunction with on-leave or Independent Learning to fund fieldwork opportunities (room and board, travel health preparation, travel insurance, and/or supplies). 


  • Current tuition and fees can be found at the Office of Planning and Budgeting website.
  • Concurrent students pay the higher tuition of the two programs in which they are enrolled.   
  • Tuition and fees for incoming, full-time (7-18 credits) MPH students per quarter for the 2017-2018 academic year are: 
    • $7,008 per quarter for Washington state residents.
    • $11,938 per quarter for non-residents and international students.

Applicants are encouraged to apply for financial aid and funding when completing their application. 


The MPH program does not have funding to offer the majority of entering students. Tuition waivers are available on a case-by-case basis to incoming students from underrepresented U.S. populations and to students from low and middle income countries. Eligible students will be contacted when, and if, funding becomes available.

Searching for Funding at the UW

  • Graduate Funding Information Service (GFIS) - GFIS works with current and admitted UW graduate students, helping them identify and locate funding opportunities for graduate school-related expenses including tuition, research, conference and research travel.

Research/Teaching/Staff Assistantships

Students often have success securing positions in disciplines where they have prior education and/or training. For example, having an undergraduate degree in Psychology could help secure a TA position job in an undergraduate Psychology course.


  • Graduate School Listing of Fellowships

  • FLAS Fellowships: Awards provide financial support for students wanting to acquire foreign language skills. This fellowship is ideal for students in their second year of study as many of the fellowships require intensive language courses which conflict with core first year MPH coursework. Fellows receive:

    • Academic Year Graduate: US$18,000 tuition, US$15,000 living stipend

    • Academic Year Undergraduate: US$10,000 tuition,US$5,000 living stipend

    • Summer Graduate/Undergraduate: US$5,000 tuition,US$2,500 living stipend

  • International Research and Study Fellowships

Chester Fritz and Boeing International endowments: These one-quarter grants provide support to UW graduate students doing international research or study. Successful applicants are awarded either a Chester Fritz Fellowship or a Boeing International Fellowship. The fellowships are available to fund research and/or study periods of one quarter (three full months) Awardees will receive a stipend of $2,400 per month, and paid health insurance (GAIP). During the quarter of their award, fellows are required to register for an independent learning program through UW Study Abroad. The program fee is covered by this fellowship. No extra money is included for airfare. Deadline to apply: early February.

  • Department of Global Health Fellowships

The Department of Global Health Fellowships provide financial assistance to graduate students, professional students, and medical residents at the University of Washington to help support fieldwork experience in global health. The Department of Global Health Fellowships are managed by the Global Health Resource Center. Grants are up to $4,000 and support room and board, travel health preparation, travel insurance and/or supplies. Deadline to apply: mid-March.

Financial Aid

The UW Office of Student Financial Aid prepares financial aid packages for admitted students. To receive a financial aid package, applicants must complete the FAFSA and have results sent to the UW (school code 003798). For 2017-2018 aid, applicants can file beginning October 1, 2016; the UW's priority filing date is January 15, 2017.  In order to qualify for financial aid, applicants must have completed the FAFSA and:

  • be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or other eligible noncitizen.
  • be admitted to the University in an approved degree or certificate program (review your options for aid if you are a non-matriculated student).
  • be registered with the Selective Service (if required).
  • be making satisfactory academic progress (according to the Office of Financial Aid) towards a degree.
  • provide financial information as required.

Applicants are not eligible for financial aid if they:

  • are in default on a previous student loan or owe a repayment on a grant or loan for which you were not eligible.
  • have loans in excess of the aggregate limits of the aid programs.
  • become disqualified based on a conviction for a drug-related offense while you were enrolled in school and receiving federal student aid.