Tuition & aid

The MSIM program is a fee-based program. Tuition is charged on a per-credit basis directly to the student. The University of Washington reserves the right to change tuition and fees without prior notice, and tuition is expected to increase in the future. Note that the cost of the MSIM program is the same for both Washington state residents and non-residents, regardless of their degree option or mode of delivery (online/residential). MSIM students are eligible to receive financial aid to help cover the cost of tuition.

Tuition costs

The MSIM program offers three options to suit your experience, needs and career trajectory: Early-Career, Early-Career Accelerated and Mid-Career.

Rates for incoming students:

  • Cost per credit through summer 2024: $1,014.
    • (Cost per credit for students who enrolled prior to autumn 2023: $987.)
  • MSIM Early-Career track (65 credits): $65,910.
  • MSIM Early-Career Accelerated track (40 credits): $40,560.
  • MSIM Mid-Career track (36 credits): $36,504.

Additional information

  • There are no separate rates for in-state and out-of-state tuition.
  • Tuition is based on the number of credits taken. Students who take more credits than the minimum required for the degree will pay more than the total amount listed.
  • There may be a tuition increase of 1-3% in the academic year 2023-2025 and beyond.
  • In addition to tuition, fee-based degree students pay required student fees that include a $55 registration fee each quarter and a $500 non-refundable deposit upon acceptance of the offer of admission. Some courses may have additional costs for course materials such as textbooks, articles or software. Student fees assessed for the previous academic year can be reviewed on the fee-based registration page. Fees may increase annually.

MSIM scholarships

All students who apply to the MSIM program by the priority I or II deadlines are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships, also called the Dean’s Scholarship. There is no additional application required for these scholarships; the MSIM program application will act as your scholarship application.

Additionally, the MSIM program offers a Supplemental Award that students can apply for in a separate section of the regular application. To be eligible for this scholarship, students must have completed their application by the priority II deadline for the term they are applying for and must complete either a FAFSA or WAFSA application. Particularly meritorious students may be able to receive both a merit-based scholarship and a Supplemental Award. Funding is extremely limited and not guaranteed to any individuals. MSIM Supplemental Awards will be given for one term and will not exceed $3,000. We will notify all applicants who follow the process as soon as a decision is made.

This process is separate from federal financial aid, for which eligible students should also apply.

MSIM supplemental award deadlines

Quarter StartApplication Deadline
Winter 2024October 18, 2023
Spring 2024January 19, 2024
Summer 2024April 3, 2024

Is a master’s in information management worth it?

Thanks to a cutting-edge curriculum that reflects the most current challenges and trends in the information management industry, MSIM students can immediately apply classroom lessons to their current work and often learn strategies their employers have not yet implemented or discovered. MSIM graduates are leaders in the field and highly sought-after employees who can spur actionable change in their organizations. 

LEARN MORE ABOUT CAREER PLACEMENT & OUTCOMES

Office of financial aid

The structure of financial aid, scholarships and other forms of educational support for graduate students works differently from what you experienced as an undergraduate. The good news: Aid is available for graduate school. The challenge: You need to be more proactive in researching the types of funds available and searching through a variety of funding sources.

Learn more about the sources available to help fund your education:

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Helpful tips for finding financial aid

Navigating the financial responsibility of a master’s degree can be challenging. Here are some tips on how to better prepare for the cost of your degree:

Don’t wait.

Don’t wait until you are admitted to search and apply for funding. Scholarship deadlines tend to be in mid-winter. You may not have your admissions decision by the time deadlines occur.

Do your research.

Look for funding that will match your specific goals, background and interests.

Ask for an adjustment.

Financial aid for the first year is based on your income from the previous year. Students are eligible for financial aid with as few as five credit hours per term. When your employment status changes, inform UW Financial Aid of your current income. Also, let the office know if you need to buy any items, such as a new computer, to support your studies. These items can also help increase your financial aid.

Submit the FAFSA.

Most loans are based on the FAFSA, as are some scholarships. The priority deadline to submit the FAFSA for the UW iSchool is June 30 each year.