Tuition and Fees 2015 - 2016

The MOSS Graduate Program is one of the best values in our industry. The fact that we are a University of Idaho program and can offer a complete Master's degree program in 3 semesters and 1 summer is not only relatively unique when compared with our peers, but makes us very cost effective for the student. Keeping student costs affordable is very much at the forefront of our thinking.

Description of Costs  ID Resident     ID Non-resident
 MOSS Program Fee Tuition  $14,476  $14,476
 MOSS Housing and Food Service (approx. see below)  $1,800  $1,800
 3rd Semester Tuition and Fees (Moscow)*  $4,111  $11,113
 Online Graduate Application Fee  $60  $60
 Required Course Books (approx.)  $200  $200
Gross Cost  $20,647  $27,649
Financial Aid    
  MOSS Project Stipend (available to all students)  $5,550  $5,550
  MOSS Summer Stipend (approx. for 6-8 students)  $5,000 $5,000
  Work-study Opportunities (approx. for 6-8 students) $1,000 $1,000
  3rd Semester Assistantship-based Tuition and Fees Waiver $1,500 $1,500
  Additional Research and Teaching Assistantships (approx. 6-12 students) varies  varies 
  Student Loans varies  varies 
Net Cost** $7,597 $14,598

*This table shows costs for the 3 semester plus 1 summer sequence for students to attain a Master of Science in Natural Resources with an Environmental Education emphasis.  This is a non-thesis degree. Some students choose to enter other degree programs after their first year at MOSS, which will influence the cost and assistantships available to students. Some students choose to enroll in a thesis track MS in Natural Resources or jump immediately to the Ph.D. in Natural Resources program. Tuition and fees listed are for the current academic year and are subject to change each spring semester.

**ID Resident: Net cost range is ~$6,858 - $12,858; Non-Resident: Net cost range is ~$12,665 - $18,665. This net cost range reflects a best estimate based on student program costs and available financial aid opportunities. The cost may be reduced based on a limited number of additional assistantships and work study opportunities that traditionally become available to students in the 3rd semester of the program.

Program Deposit

If offered a position in the program and you accept our offer, we require a $1,400 nonrefundable deposit within 30 days to hold your seat. This deposit will be applied towards your program fee tuition and housing and food service fees when university student bills are issued in late summer.

MOSS Program Fee Tuition

The MOSS Program Fee Tuition includes cost of instruction and field trips during the 9 1/2 -month residency at the McCall Field Campus. The residency begins in mid-August and ends May 31.

MOSS Housing and Food Service

MOSS housing and food service is provided during the 9 1/2 -month residency at the McCall Field Campus. There are two housing options and the fee varies based on housing choice. The fee for a double occupancy yurt with shared bath facilities is $1,350. The fee for a double occupancy cabin with private bath is $2,250. Food service is not provided during scheduled university holiday breaks.

Third Semester Tuition & Fees - Moscow Campus

Upon completion of your 9 1/2 - month residency at MOSS and a 2-month, 2-credit summer practicum you will move to the University of Idaho main campus in Moscow, ID to complete a final semester of 9 credits for your Master of Science. The tuition and fees listed above to do not include room and board.

Student Health Insurance

Health Insurance is required for all degree-seeking students enrolled for 4 or more credits on the Moscow campus and enrolled in 8 or more credits on other University campuses. Students with insurance that meets the university requirements can waive coverage in the University Student Health Insurance Program (SHIP). The approximate cost of the UI SHIP program is $894/semester.

Wilderness First Aid Training

All MOSS graduate students must be certified in Wilderness First Aid from an accredited program such as NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute, Wilderness Medical Associates, or SOLO. We will offer a course from NOLS WMI a few days before your orientation begins in case you are not already certified. Those already certified do not need to take this course. The approximate cost of a WFA course is $250.

Financial Aid

MOSS Project Stipend

Each qualified and admitted student will be awarded a MOSS Project Stipend in the amount of $5,550.  The stipend will be awarded based on scholarly achievement, professional experience and student interest in the various projects available. Students are strongly encouraged to use their project to fulfill their non-thesis project requirement. 

Summer Practicum and Salary

Each MOSS student must complete a summer practicum to complete the final two credits of their environmental education certificate. MOSS will recruit and retain approximately 6-8 students each summer to work on our summer education programs. Students not staying at MOSS will need to make their own practicum arrangements. The MOSS summer practicum will occur from approximately June 1 - July 31 and will pay approximately $5,000. Housing and food service is not included.

Work Study

Work study opportunities are available at MOSS in various departments. Specific project and job needs vary from year to year. Students apply for and begin their jobs near the beginning of October, after the completion of orientation. Examples of work study positions include Campus Assistant, Marketing Research and Assistant, Gear Management and Logistics, Kitchen Support and Campus Maintenance Support. In 2013-14, we had seven students apply for and receive work study positions. These positions pay $9.00/hour and have the potential for students to earn an approximate $800 - $1,000 depending on the position and work hours available.

Research and Teaching Assistantships

Being a MOSS graduate student opens up many possibilities for being involved in research projects and university-level teaching during your degree program. Typically, research and teaching assistantships become known during the first year of the program, while students are spending the year at MOSS, and are awarded while students finish their degree requirements at the UI main campus in Moscow.  We currently have several students in Moscow (and many in the past) who have been offered either Teaching Assistantships or Research Assistantships for their final fall semester (or more) - see how these Featured Students developed their own funding portfolio. These assistantships often include a partial or full out-of-state tuition waiver and an hourly salary. MOSS students are particularly attractive for Teaching Assistantships because of the great training they receive during our program.

Student Loans

MOSS students are eligible for federal financial aid programs. Students are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. To receive consideration for need-based aid, fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid. You must file by February 15 to receive priority consideration for all aid.