The graduate certificate program (graduate 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

Tuition rates

2022-23 academic year cost per credit is $922 USD.  

The program curriculum requires students to complete 18 credits. Students study part time and enroll in two classes each quarter (autumn, winter, and spring), taking six credits per quarter, and completing the program in nine months. 

Based on the 2022-23 cost per credit tuition rate, students can estimate their expenses: 

  • Quarterly cost (six credits): $5,532
  • Total cost of tuition fees to complete the program in nine months: $16,596

Note: Tuition costs listed 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.

Additional fees

In addition to tuition, students are responsible for additional UW required student fees at the beginning of each quarter. Graduate non-matriculated students pay a subset of fees, including a quarterly Professional & Continuing Education (PCE) registration fee and a technology fee prorated by the number of credits enrolled, with an estimated total of $91. Additionally, all international students pay an international student fee (fee listed in MyUW).

Course fees vary and are viewable in the students MyUW account, and do not include costs for materials such as textbooks, additional course fees, or software.


Financial aid

Graduate non-matriculated (GNM) students in the graduate certificate program may be eligible for Department of Education Loans through the Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) if taking courses in preparation for a further degree. View details for UW non-matriculated student financial aid. For information on financial aid and a link to the FAFSA, visit the UW Bothell Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.

Students in all fee-based programs are ineligible for the state employee tuition exemption program, institutional tuition waivers or the Undergraduate/Graduate University Grant programs, including the Husky Promise program.

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.