Graduate Scholarships

​Financing your education at Central Michigan University is an investment in your future.

We understand the cost of pursuing a master's, specialist or doctoral degree may be overwhelming. CMU values your drive and determination to achieve your educational goals. That's why we encourage all students to explore the tuition awards, scholarships, and graduate assistantships available.

Out-of-State Tuition Merit Award

The Out-of-State Tuition Merit Awards is available for graduate students who meet all three of the following requirements. Students who meet all the requirements will be eligible to receive domestic tuition. 

  1. Cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on the U.S. 4.0 scale. 
  2. An appropriate entrance exam score: 
    Graduate Records Exam (GRE): Verbal score of at least 157 and Quantitative score of at least 152 
    Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT): Minimum score of 600
    Miller Analogies Test (MAT): Minimum score of 418
  3. Proof of English Proficiency (required only from non-native speakers of English)
    TOEFL: Minimum score of 100 (ibt) or 600 (pbt)

To request an award, complete the Graduate Domestic Tuition Award Request and email it to or call (989) 774-2796 if you have any questions. 

Graduate Assistantships 

Academic departments provide graduate research, teaching, and administrative assistantships.  Each graduate assistant works for an individual department or another approved unit within the university, and in return the student receives tuition waivers and stipends.  Both full-time and part-time graduate assistantships are available.  Students must apply directly with the department that houses their academic program.

Contact information for questions about Graduate Assistantships and applications can be found by clicking the name of your program on the list of Graduate Degrees and Programs.

Neighboring Regions Award

The Graduate Neighboring Regions Merit Award is available to graduate students who meet the following requirements. Students who meet the requirements will be eligible to receive domestic tuition. 

  1. Students from Ontario, Canada
  2. Cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0
To request an award, complete the Graduate Domestic Tuition Award Request and email it to or call (989) 774-2796 if you have any questions. 

Legacy Tuition Award

Newly admitted graduate students with a parent or grandparent who earned a degree from CMU may receive this award for resident tuition throughout the duration of their academic program. Applicants must complete the section of the admissions application that asks for information about the parent or grandparent who attended CMU. 

Outside Scholarships

Students may use non-university affiliated community and private organization scholarships to help fund their studies. For more information on scholarships from sources outside CMU, please click here.

Scholarship Universe

Students have the opportunity to use Scholarship Universe.  Scholarship Universe is a matching system that maximizes scholarship opportunities for students.  It allows students to create an academic profile that enables them to connect with various internal and external scholarship opportunities. For more information, please click here. 

Department Scholarships with Applications

For more information on departmental scholarships, please click here

If you have any questions or would like more information about department scholarships, please contact the department directly. 

On Campus Employment

Working on campus is another way to earn funds to support your studies at CMU.  International students are permitted to work on campus up to 20 hours per week.  To learn about the current on campus employment opportunities available, please click here.