Master's funding

The Graduate School offers several scholarship opportunities and awards specifically for master's students when funds are available. See below. The Heberlein Teaching Award is also open to master's students who have teaching responsibilities at the university.

  • AGRADE Master's Scholarship

    The AGRADE MA Scholarship is designed to recruit and reward AGRADE students who have graduated with their Bachelor's degree and are ready to enroll in their first Master's-only semester at Wayne State. AGRADE awards are made in May of each year. The AGRADE scholarship will pay for up to 4 credit hours of tuition at the in-state Graduate School rate for two consecutive semesters: Fall and Winter. For the 2019-2020 academic year, up to 10 master's students in each of the participating schools and colleges will receive this award. The application opens March 15. Applications will be due April 15. Announcement of awards will be made in May.

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  • Graduate School Master's Scholarships for Recruitment and Retention

    Formerly called "Recruitment, retention and completion scholarships" these partial-tuition scholarships from the Graduate School are granted to WSU schools and colleges to help recruit and retain outstanding master's students. The Graduate School Masters Scholarship will pay for up to 4 credit hours of tuition at the in-state Graduate School rate for two consecutive semesters: Fall and Winter. Nominations are made by the departments and programs to their schools and colleges, which then submit nominations for review and approval by the Graduate School. 

    For 2019-20, nominations were due to the graduate school on May 15, 2019.

  • 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 at an institution with which Wayne State University has a 3+2 agreement. Students may receive up to $3,000 per semester towards their studies. 


    • Recipients of 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.
    • The Dean's Merit Scholarship is available to students from select international universities that have articulation agreements with Wayne State University.


    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.

  • Workforce Development Scholarship


    The Workforce Development Scholarship supports working students by matching the funds of employer contributions to tuition reimbursement. The Workforce Development Scholarship is not currently available for 2019-20. The following college/schools have participated in the past:

    • Mike Ilitch School of Business
    • College of Engineering
    • School of Information Science