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Master of Science in Physics

Costs & Financial Aid

The Master of Science in Physics program is a self-sustaining, fee-based program administered by the Department of Physics in partnership with UW Continuum College.


Course fees are charged on a per-credit basis and are the same for resident (Washington state) students and nonresident students. The estimate below is based on 2024–2025 rates and is subject to change without notice.

In addition to course fees, students pay other required fees each quarter, including registration and technology charges. Payment is due by the third Friday of the quarter. Costs for textbooks and other course materials are extra.

Cost per credit $842
Total number of credits required 36
Estimated total course fees $30,312

Financial Aid and Other Funding

Students in the Master of Science in Physics program can apply for various forms of financial aid to help cover their educational costs, including federal financial aid, scholarships and loans. For more information, visit the fee-based programs page of the Office of Student Financial Aid website.

Fee-based students are not eligible for tuition exemptions or University grants, including the Husky Promise program.

Scholarships, Fellowships and Grants

The Graduate School’s Fellowships & Awards is a resource for students seeking information about fellowships, awards and assistantships.

The Graduate Funding Information Service assists UW graduate students in their search for funding opportunities for graduate school-related expenses. GFIS representatives host workshops, post funding announcements and meet one-on-one with students.

Assistantships and Internships

While teaching assistantships are not open to students in the Master of Science in Physics program, some faculty members may offer temporary grant-funded research assistantships (RAs) to their capstone students. Inquire when exploring capstone opportunities.

Employer Assistance

Some employers offer educational benefits that may cover all or part of the cost of a graduate degree. Check with your employer to see if such a program is available.