Master's scholarships

The Graduate School offers several scholarship opportunities and awards specifically for master's students. See the below information for the AGRADE Scholarship, the Graduate School Retention Scholarship, Completion Scholarship, Dean's Merit Scholarship and Workforce Development Scholarship. The Heberlein Teaching Award is also open to master's students who have teaching responsibilities at the university.

2017 Master's scholarship recipients

  • AGRADE Scholarship

    The aim of this scholarship is to reward AGRADE students who have graduated with their bachelor's degree and enrolled in their master's only year at Wayne State. AGRADE programs enable qualified seniors to enroll simultaneously in an undergraduate and graduate program and apply credits towards both a bachelor's and master's degree in their major field.

    The AGRADE Scholarship covers up to 4 graduate credits of tuition in the semester awarded at the in-state WSU Graduate School rate effective that semester.

    Applications submitted in fall 2017 are for funding in winter 2018

    Eligibility

    To qualify for this scholarship, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

    • This scholarship is specifically for AGRADE students who are making the transition to their master's-only year. Applicants must have enrolled in AGRADE during their undergraduate years and have earned their bachelor's degree at Wayne State University by time of award.
    • Enrolled in their first or second master's-only semester during semester awarded.
    • Enrolled in at least 3 credits of graduate level coursework in semester awarded.
    • Have satisfactory academic standing in their departments and an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.
    • Have not received Graduate School funding for semester awarded. Specifically,
      • Students receiving tuition scholarships from The WSU Graduate School (e.g., Graduate Professional Scholarships) are not eligible.
      • GTA, GSA, and GRA recipients and students receiving tuition-paying fellowships are not eligible.
         

    Application  

    To apply, student should submit:

    • An official copy of their WSU undergraduate transcript and a copy of their acceptance letter to a WSU master's Program for the upcoming semester
    • An approved master's Plan of Work that reflects their AGRADE status
    • A letter from the Graduate Director for their current master's program addressing the student's satisfactory progress in their program of study
    • Compile all application materials and upload using the online application form

    Award decisions will be made by committee and will be announced approximately one month after the submission deadline.

    Before applying for or accepting any scholarship or fellowship, please consult with WSU Financial Aid regarding how such an award may affect your financial aid package, including loan eligibility.

    Questions about this Graduate School Scholarship should be directed to gradscholarships@wayne.edu.

    Application deadline: October 20

    Application form

  • Retention Scholarship

    The Retention Scholarship covers up to 4 graduate credits of tuition in the semester awarded at the in-state WSU Graduate School rate effective that semester.

    In an effort to support and retain students engaged in master's studies, this scholarship is available to degree-seeking students who demonstrate financial need and have been continuously enrolled in a Wayne State University master's program.

    Applications submitted in fall 2017 are for funding in winter 2018

    Eligibility

    Applicants who qualify for this scholarship must:

    • Be enrolled in for a minimum of 3 graduate credits during the semester awarded;
    • Carry a 3.0 GPA in their master's program, as reflected on an unofficial transcript (or if the student will not have posted grades by the deadline, then the student should submit the undergraduate transcript and ensure that adequate progress as indicated by grades on assignments is noted in the Graduate Director letter);
    • Be enrolled and be making satisfactory academic progress in a master's program;
    • Have a master's Plan of Work on file with the student's college or school;
    • Have more than 12 credits left to complete graduate degree
    • Have not received other Graduate School funding for the semester awarded, specifically:
      • Students receiving tuition scholarships from The WSU Graduate School (e.g., Graduate Professional Scholarships) are not eligible.
      • In addition, GTA, GSA, and GRA recipients and students receiving tuition-paying fellowships are not eligible.
         

    Application

    To apply, students should submit:

    • An unofficial copy of their graduate transcript;
    • A copy of their approved master's Plan of Work;
    • A personal statement of no more than 500 words describing how they meet the award criteria and explaining academic accomplishments, financial need, and personal strengths as it pertains to their educational goals (for example: initiative, persistence, etc.); AND
    • A letter from the Graduate Director for their current master's program addressing the student's satisfactory progress in their program of study.
    • Compile all application materials and upload using the online application form.

    Award decisions will be made by committee and will be announced approximately two months after the submission deadline.

    Before applying for or accepting any scholarship or fellowship, please consult with WSU Financial Aid regarding how such an award may affect your financial aid package, including loan eligibility.

    Questions about this Graduate School Scholarship should be directed to gradscholarships@wayne.edu.

    Application deadline: October 20

    Application form

  • Completion Scholarship

    The Completion Scholarship covers up to 4 graduate credits of tuition in the semester awarded at the in-state WSU Graduate School rate effective that semester.

    The aim of this scholarship is to provide tuition assistance to students who going into the final semester of their graduate studies at WSU so that they complete their degrees in a timely fashion and enter the workforce.

    Applications submitted in fall 2017 are for funding in winter 2018.

    Eligibility

    To qualify for this scholarship, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

    • Enrolled in at least 3 credits of graduate level coursework at WSU in semester awarded.
    • Satisfactory academic standing in their departments and an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher in their current master's program.
    • The completion of the master's degree in the semester awarded must be a reasonable benchmark: The student should have no more than 12 credits left to complete at the time of application, and the master's student should be applying for graduation in the semester awarded.
    • Students who have received a completion scholarship in the past are not eligible for an additional completion scholarship.
    • Students are eligible only if they have not received other Graduate School funding for the semester awarded, specifically:
      • Students receiving tuition scholarships from The WSU Graduate School (e.g., Graduate Professional Scholarships) are not eligible.
      • GTA, GSA, and GRA recipients and students receiving tuition-paying fellowships are not eligible.
         

    Application

    To apply, students should submit:

    • An unofficial copy of their graduate transcript
    • A copy of their approved master's Plan of Work
    • A personal statement of no more than 500 words describing how they meet the award criteria and explaining academic accomplishments, financial need, and personal strengths as it pertains to their educational goals (for example: initiative, persistence, etc.); AND
    • A letter from the Graduate Director for their current master's program addressing the student's satisfactory progress in their program of study and the likelihood of graduating from the master's program in semester awarded
    • Compile all application materials and upload using the online application form.

    Award decisions will be made by committee and will be announced approximately two months after the submission deadline.

    Before applying for or accepting any scholarship or fellowship, please consult with WSU Financial Aid regarding how such an award may affect your financial aid package, including loan eligibility.

    Questions about this Graduate School Scholarship should be directed to gradscholarships@wayne.edu.

    Application deadline: October 20

    Application form

  • Workforce Development Scholarship

    The Workforce Development scholarship is geared at supporting working students. Wayne State University will match the funds of employer contribution to tuition reimbursement.

    Students who receive Workforce Development scholarships usually receive notification approximately one month prior to the start of the upcoming semester. Workforce Development scholarship funding is available in all semesters. Contact your department for details.
     

    Eligibility

    Workforce Development scholarships are determined by the department. To see if you are eligible, please check with your Graduate Director in your respective academic department.

    The following college/schools award Workforce Development Scholarships:

    • Mike Ilitch School of Business
    • College of Engineering
    • School of Information Science
  • Dean's Merit Scholarship

    The Graduate School awards scholarships to international students entering two-year master's degree programs after completing a three-year bachelor's or diploma program in another country. (*See list of eligible international degrees below)

    Students may receive up to $3,000 per semester towards their studies.
     

    Eligibility

    • Recipients od the Dean's Merit Scholarship must be enrolled in at least eight credit hours in the semester in which the award is granted.
    • Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher to maintain or renew the scholarship
    • See list of eligible international degrees below
       

    Application

    Dean's Merit Scholarship awards are determined by the academic department. Decisions are generally announced one month prior to the upcoming semester by the department.

    Before applying for or accepting any scholarship or fellowship, please consult with WSU Financial Aid regarding how such an award may affect your financial aid package, including loan eligibility.

    The Dean's Merit Scholarship is available to students completing three-year programs at the following colleges & universities: (Please Note: agreements are subject to change)

    China:
    Central China Normal University
    China University of Political Science and Law
    Chongqing University
    Fuzhou University
    Hangzhou Dianzi University
    Hubei University
    Hunan University
    Jiangsu University
    Jilin University
    Nanchang University
    Ningbo University of Technology
    Nanjing Medical University
    Northwest University of Politics & Law
    Shanghai University
    Soochow University
    South China University of Technology
    Zhejiang University of Technology
    University of Science and Technology Beijing
    Wuhan University of Technology
    Xiangtan University
    Xidian University
    Zhejiang Gongshang University
    Zhongnan University of Economics & Law

    France:
    Pantheon-Assas University

    Germany:
    Freidrich-Alexander University (Nuremberg)

    Ghana:
    University for Development Studies

    India:
    Mahatma Gandhi Medical College & Hospital
    S.R. Engineering College

    Japan:
    Okayama University

    Korea:
    Kyung-Hee University

    Lativa:
    Riga Technical University

    Peru:
    Universidad Nacional Del Centro Del Peru