Future Students

Graduate Program Funding

UW is committed to helping students from all economic backgrounds access world-class education. A number of resources are available to help graduate students fund college, from financial aid to research assistantships to various fellowships.

Ph.D. funding

Ph.D. students are fully funded with research or teaching assistantships, departmental support, and fellowships from a variety of organizations, such as the National Science Foundation, Achievement Rewards for College Scientists, and many more.

Master’s degree funding

Funding for the master’s degree program depends on whether students pursue the Professional Master's Program or research track. Professional Master's Program students are self-funded while the majority of research track students are fully funded with research assistantships or fellowships.

Professional Master's Program

Professional Master's Program students are self-funded. The cost per-credit is the same for Washington state residents and non-residents, including international students. Below is information about tuition rates for the 2019-2020 academic year.

  • $622 per credit; 42 credits required
  • $26,124 total, plus $403 for student fees/quarter (student fees are an estimate based on 2018-2019 rates)

Professional Masters Program scholarship

The University of Washington Civil and Environmental Engineering recognizes that the coming year holds much uncertainty for all and greater financial challenges for many. To ensure that our professional masters program remains accessible, the UW CEE Department will make scholarship funds available for full time professional masters program students during the 2020-21 academic year. Scholarships will be approximately $4,500 for the three-quarter academic year.

To apply for the scholarship, applicants should:

  1. Complete the FAFSA and send the information to the University of Washington using code 003798. You will need a social security number to do so. If circumstances prevent you from completing the FAFSA, please contact ceginfo@uw.edu.
  2. Submit a Scholarship Statement explaining how the scholarship will help you to complete your graduate degree. Your scholarship statement should briefly explain your interest in the MSCE program, and your goals and aspirations for the future, highlighting your specific area(s) of interest (e.g., construction, structures, environmental, etc.). If you have work or volunteer experience related to your field (for example research, internship or professional experience), please feel free to use this to illustrate your interest and preparation for professional practice and your future career. If you have financial need, please address your circumstances and how the funding may assist you. (Students wishing to be considered for our need-based scholarships should submit the FAFSA.) You may also use the personal statement to address hardships or provide explanations of extenuating circumstances that may not be apparent from a review of your academic transcripts. Your scholarship application will be reviewed by the CEE Graduate Education Committee. Statements are typically one page.

Scholarship applications must be submitted by August 1, 2020. Recipients will be notified by September 1, 2020. Please direct any questions to ceginfo@uw.edu.

Research track master’s program

The majority of students in the research track master’s program are fully funded through fellowships and research and teaching assistantships.

Research and teaching assistantships

Full-time Ph.D. students and many research track master’s students are funded through research assistantships and teaching assistantships. For master’s students, priority is given to students who plan to continue on to a Ph.D. degree. Research and teaching assistants receive a monthly salary and tuition waiver as well as medical and dental insurance. The student is responsible for student fees.

Research assistantships: The number of research assistantships awarded varies depending on the status of research grants in the department. Some interest areas hire research assistants at the master’s level, while others typically only fund Ph.D. students. Students hired as a research assistant conduct research under the supervision of a faculty member, who is the principal investigator on the grant. Duties vary depending on the nature of the project, but require about 20 hours per week of service.

If you are interested in working as a research assistant, explore the faculty pages to learn about research in your interest area.

Teaching assistantships: Funding in the form of a teaching assistantship is highly competitive and awarded to the most outstanding applicants. Typically, only the Structural Engineering group awards Teaching Assistantships to incoming students. Duties vary from course to course, but include conducting laboratory sessions, holding office hours for students and grading homework and exams. Teaching assistantships require about 20 hours per week of service.

How to apply

Funding for research and teaching assistantships is limited and competitive. Awards are made on a competitive basis by departmental faculty in each research area. To be considered for funding, answer “yes” on the financial aid section of the Graduate School’s online application. In your statement of purpose, which will be included in your application materials, please specify if you would like to be considered for a research or teaching assistantship.

Graduate fellowships

A variety of fellowships are available for graduate students interested in research. Below are a few to consider: