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Costs & Financial Aid

The UW Online MPH is a self-sustaining, fee-based program administered by the UW Department of Health Services in the UW School of Public Health, in collaboration with UW Continuum College.


Course fees are charged on a per-credit basis and are the same for Washington state resident students and nonresident students. In addition to course fees, students pay other required fees each quarter, including registration, technology and U-PASS fees. Payment is due by the third Friday of the quarter. 

The estimate below is based on 2020-21 rates and is subject to change without notice. 

Cost per credit: $912
Total number of credits required: 63
Estimated total cost of degree:* $57,456

*Estimate does not factor in other required fees, textbooks or expected annual fee increases.

Financial Aid and Other Funding

Students in the Online MPH program can apply for various forms of financial aid to help cover their educational costs, including federal financial aid, work study 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.

The Graduate Funding Information Service (GFIS) 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.

Some employers will cover all or part of the cost of a professional education. Check with your employer to see if such a program is available.

For additional resources on paying for your education, including public health-related funding opportunities, see the Funding Your Education page of the School of Public Health website. 


The Health Services Excellence, Equity and Distinction (HSEED) Award offers up to five incoming students $5,000 distributed over a nine-month period. For eligibility criteria, see the HSEED Award website. To apply, please provide a one-page letter addressed to Dr. Miruna Petrescu-Prahova stating how you're eligible for the HSEED Award. Recipients will be notified before the fall quarter begins.

Director's Choice Award

The Director’s Choice Award offers up to five incoming students $3,000 distributed over a nine-month period. Please provide no more than a one-page letter addressed to Dr. Miruna Petrescu-Prahova telling the committee a bit about yourself, your financial need and how this scholarship will help you. Recipients will be notified before fall quarter begins.

Director's Choice Travel Award

The Online MPH program offers Director’s Choice Travel Awards to out-of-state applicants who show tremendous potential to make meaningful contributions to the field of public health. Awards are made as a single lump sum of $3,000 payable towards travel costs for the on-site sessions in Seattle and are designed to reduce barriers to admission for exceptional candidates living outside Washington state. Contact program staff for details.

UW SPH Master’s Fellowship Awards

The UW School of Public Heath offers up to six Master’s Fellowship Awards a year to incoming master’s level students. Awards are $10,000 per year for two years and are designed to help attract and retain students with diverse experiences and perspectives.  For information on how to apply, see the fellowship website. 

Funding for Research-Related Travel Costs

The Online MPH program has some funding to support current students with travel-related costs if they are accepted to present their research at a conference. Contact program staff for details.