The Computer Science & Software Engineering master’s program (degree-seeking matriculated and non-matriculated) is a self-sustaining, fee-based program charged on a cost per credit basis. Tuition is the same regardless of citizenship status or Washington state residency. Payment is processed through UW Professional & Continuing Education, a part of the UW Continuum College.
To learn more about fee-based programs offered at the University of Washington, visit the UW fee-based programs Q&A.
2021-2022 Tuition rates
Summer 2021 - Spring 2022 cost per credit is $837 USD.
The program curriculum requires students to complete 46-49 credits. Students’ total quarterly costs vary depending on the number of credits they enroll in.
Full-time students typically enroll in 10 credits per quarter and can complete the program in 1.5-2 years, and part-time students enroll in five credits per quarter and can complete the program in 3-4 years.
Sample of estimated tuition fees based on full-time or part-time enrollment
||Estimated tuition fees for one quarter
||Estimated tuition fees for an academic year (autumn-spring)
|Full time (10 credits)
|Part time (5 credits)
Note: Tuition costs in the table do not include additional fees or the cost of textbooks and materials. Tuition fees are subject to annual changes. This information is provided solely for estimating the cost of attendance.
In addition to tuition fees, students are responsible for paying additional UW required student fees at the beginning of each quarter, estimated at $500 per quarter. Fees are determined by campus: view UW Bothell student fees. Graduate students in our fee-based programs also pay a Professional & Continuing Education registration fee.
Course fees vary and are viewable in the students MyUW account, and do not include any costs for materials such as textbooks, additional course fees, or software.
Matriculated students, based on financial status, may be eligible for Department of Education Loans, and are encouraged to fill out the Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible. For information on financial aid and a link to the FAFSA visit the UW Bothell Office of Financial Aid & Scholarship.
Students in all fee-based programs are ineligible for the state employee tuition exemption, employee institutional tuition waivers or the UW Undergraduate/Graduate University Grant programs, including the Husky Promise program.
Scholarships and funding opportunities
Graduate scholarships and grant opportunities can be quite competitive and students are encouraged to search widely for opportunities. UW offers a variety of resources to help students get started:
Research and teaching assitant (RA/TA) opportunities for current students
Graduate students in a degree program may be able to work as a research or teaching assistant. There are a limited number of opportunities available every year based on faculty research funding. All available opportunities are communicated to current students and incoming students who have paid the enrollment confirmation deposit as opportunities arise.
Employer educational assistance
Some employers will cover all or part of the cost of a professional education. Check with your employer to see if they offer educational assistance.