Costs & Financial Aid
The Master of Science in Computational Linguistics program is a self-sustaining, fee-based program administered by the Department of Linguistics 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. Students also pay mandatory university fees each quarter, including registration, technology and U-PASS fees. Payment is due by the third Friday of the quarter. Costs for textbooks and other course materials are extra.
The estimate below is based on 2020–2021 rates and is subject to change without notice.
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Students in the Master of Science in Computational Linguistics 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.
The department offers a small number of program scholarships to incoming students, each amounting to about a third of the student’s total course fees. Applicants interested in being considered for a scholarship should complete the scholarship questionnaire section of the Graduate School application. Scholarships are open to both U.S. and international students.
Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit (academic record, evidence of personal initiative and research potential) and financial need. Academic merit is evaluated based on the application materials submitted by the prospective student, and financial need is assessed through the application questionnaire.
Ryan Neale Cross Memorial Fellowship
Beginning in 2018, we're honored to offer the Ryan Neale Cross Memorial Fellowship to support students studying computational linguistics with the goal of improving accessibility through assistive technology. In 2018-2019, the fellowship will consist of an award in the amount of $9,648.
Applicants interested in the fellowship should indicate their interest in their statement of purpose and describe the ways in which they plan to apply their work in computational linguistics to the development of assistive technology. The Ryan Neale Cross Memorial Fellowship is awarded independently of program scholarships and an individual may receive both.
Specialized Funding Sources
Students in the master’s in computational linguistics program may be eligible for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, which supports outstanding graduate students in STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees.
The Linguist List maintains a collection of links to funding resources in the field of linguistics.
Other Sources of Funding
The Graduate School’s Office of 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.
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.
Support for Ph.D. Students
The UW Department of Linguistics offers four-year funding packages to Ph.D. students admitted from the Master of Science in Computational Linguistics who have no other funding sources and who meet the department's criteria for satisfactory progress toward the degree. The support typically takes the form of research assistantships and teaching assistantships and is subject to funding availability.