Cultural Studies

University of Washington Bothell

24 months
28812 USD/year
16521 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Arts in Cultural Studies at the University of Washington Bothell offers an integrative approach to the study of culture across diverse locations. Designed for a small cohort, Cultural Studies prepares students for careers in social, cultural, and arts fields or further interdisciplinary graduate education across the arts, humanities, and social and natural sciences.


The programs are structured with classes offered in the evening to serve non-traditional students, including working professionals. Consequently, all graduate classes on the UW Bothell campus meet twice a week, after 5 pm. While you are welcome to work while enrolled in the program, please note that because the programs are rigorous, it is beneficial to have the ability to adjust your work schedule to allow more focus on your studies during periods when your academic workload intensifies.

The MA in Cultural Studies at the University of Washington Bothell is the first graduate program in the Pacific Northwest, and one of very few programs nationally, to partner the interdisciplinary study of art and culture with a community-based learning network. The program offers students multiple opportunities to develop and document educational experiences and professional skills suited to their individual career goals.


The Master of Arts in Cultural Studies degree provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary for success in three areas:  

  • Professional careers in community-based arts, culture, advocacy, education, and social service organizations
  • Freelance, practice-based work
  • Further academic study in the interdisciplinary arts, humanities, and social sciences

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Formations in Cultural Studies 
  • Engaging Cultural Studies
  • Topics in Media and Culture: Media, Power and Practice 
  • Topics in Cultural Studies: Expedition Seattle 
  • Cultural Studies Research Practices
  • Portfolio and Professional Development 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




60 credits alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An application to the Graduate School and $85 application fee
  • A statement of intent, describing your relevant background and articulating your goals in seeking a MA in Cultural Studies degree.
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation, at least one from faculty who can discuss your academic ability. You are welcome to submit additional recommendations, though it is not necessary.
  • A writing sample demonstrating your research skills, critical and creative thinking abilities, and writing capacities. 
  • All unofficial transcripts from prior academic work, including college, university, and technical school. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    28812 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28812 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    16521 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16521 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.


Each year we offer general scholarships graciously endowed from individuals, organizations, UW Bothell alumni, businesses, and associations. These scholarships are available to students enrolled at UW Bothell.  We have two applications per year:

  • UW Bothell General Scholarship (awarded for autumn -- spring quarters) application available in March online.
  • UW Bothell Winter & Spring General Scholarship (awarded for winter and spring quarters) application available online in autumn.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Updated over a year ago

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