The MMA degree is student funded which is what gives our students the flexibility to research the topics of their choosing, rather than being required to work on an advisor’s grant-funded project. To assist students with the cost of their education we encourage all students to apply for financial aid as well as seek out available fellowships, teaching assistantships, and hourly appointments. The department also has some limited funding to offer incoming students (please refer to the Internal Funding section below for more details).

Graduate student tuition for the 2015-2016 academic year (Autumn, Winter and Spring Quarters) is:

Credits Resident Non-Resident
Full time $16,665 $28,908

Summer Quarter attendance is optional for SMEA students. Tuition is always subject to change. Check the UW Student Fiscal Services for more information.

Cost of Living

Living expenses vary widely among individuals. In general, however, graduate students should budget approximately $2,100 per month for living expenses (books, room and board, personal items and transportation) for 9 months. International students should plan for $42,408 per year, which includes tuition, fees and living expenses for four quarters (summer included). In addition, another $8,835 should be budgeted per year for a dependent/spouse and $5,028 for each child.

Quoted amounts are subject to change and one should be prepared for adjustments without notice.

Please see additional information for links to on-campus and off-campus housing resources.

Financial Aid

A variety of financial aid is available to graduate students. For more information, please check the UW Office of Student Financial Aid web site for more information, or contact them by phone at (206) 543-6101.

Internal Funding

SMEA does award some financial aid to students in the form of Research Assistantships (RAs), fellowships, and recruitment awards. All applicants will be considered for such awards by submitting a complete departmental application by the December 15th deadline. These awards are solely based on merit and strength of application. Notification of funding awards typically occur along with offers of admission but in some cases funding offers are declined in which case they will be offered to another applicant. All funding notifications will occur by April 1st.

Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP)

The GO-MAP office also has information about financial aid specifically available for minority students. All minority applicants will automatically be considered for GO-MAP funding which covers two full years of tuition and a monthly stipend. SMEA will nominate two applicants for this funding and we will be notified if it was granted to one of our students between February and April. Nominees will be notified when they receive their offer of admission that they are being considered for the award.

The Graduate Funding Information Service 

This office in the Allen Library provides help identifying resources for external funding (non-UW funding) for admitted and current graduate students. Drop-In hours available Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

External Grants and Funding

Some external funding opportunities that may be applicable to Marine & Environmental Affairs students include:

Anchor QEA Scholarship

To assist graduate students in the fields related to water resources, surface and groundwater quality, coastal development, habitat restoration, and contaminated sediment management.

Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program

Provides support for master’s and doctoral studies in oceanography, marine biology, maritime archaeology, and all other science, engineering, social science, and resource management disciplines involving ocean and coastal areas particularly by women and members of minority groups.

The Garden Club of America

  • Coastal Wetlands Studies Award
  • Conservation & Ecological Restoration Awards

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute Summer Internship Program

A ten-week internship for educators, undergraduate, and graduate students that focuses on developing research techniques and improving communication and collaborative skills.

Sea Grant Washington Fellowships

  • Marc Hershman Marine Policy Fellowship
  • Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

Western Division American Fisheries Society

Scholarships to masters or doctoral students in the general area of fisheries science.

Washington State Residency Waiver

Please visit the web site for the Residency Office within the Office of the University Registrar for more information about establishing residency in the State of Washington. You can also contact them using the information below:

Residency Classification Office
264 Schmitz Hall
Box 355850 University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 543-5932

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