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.

Department Scholarships with Applications

 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

College of Arts and Media

Patricia Nixon Memorial Scholarship (Woodwind Music)
Richard D. Featheringham Endowed Scholarship (Organ or Keyboard)
Sun Jian Memorial Violin Scholarship (Violin)
Robert D. Hays Award for Excellence in Jazz
Jack Saunders Jazz Award

College of Business Administration

Master of Business Administration/Accounting Concentration Scholarship
IS Endowed Student Award 
​Habib Zuberi Scholarship (Economics) 
Michael P. Shields International Graduate Award (Economics)

College of Education and Human Services

Educational Leadership Endowed Scholarship
Doris Andersen Moore Endowed Scholarship
Robert and Marilouise Knott Special Education Award
Cynthia Diane Cordell Scholarship (Teaching Curriculum)
​Telephone Pioneers of America Great Lakes Chapter 90 scholarship 

The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions

CDO-SLP Alumni Endowment
Keith L. Maxwell Scholarship (SLP)
Leslie Gruber Memorial Scholarship (SLP)
Margaret E. Sanford Marquardt Memorial Endowed Scholarship (SLP)
The Evelyn Hill Pender Memorial Endowment Scholarship (SLP)
Dr. Nazem Haidar Memorial Fund
Sydney and Mary Walston Award (Master of Public Health)
CMU Sports Management Graduate Award
James E. Hornak Endowed Award (PES)
Sport Management Endowed Award
Robert L. Wintermyer Endowed Award (Physician Assistant)

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Alphonsus P. Niec, Ed.D.,​ Memorial Award for Applied Research in Child & Family 
Bud Fisher and Fisher Companies Study Abroad Scholarship
Wasaburo Fujimiya Study Abroad Scholarship
Margaret E. Sanford Marquardt Memorial Endowed Scholarship
John. E Warriner Scholarships
Gabriel Chien Memorial Fund
Graduate Research Grants
Dissertation Grants
Annie Miller-Quimper Memorial Award (School Psychology)
James and Catherine Steinmetz Graduate Scholarship (Experimental Psychology)
Psychology Student Presentation Gran​t​
College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Student Conferences Grant
The Robert Newby Award for Diversity Efforts
Michigan Psychological Association Foundation (MPAF) Dissertation Grant 
Center for Research on Poverty (CROP) Scholarship (Sociology)
Edward E. McKenna Academic Excellence Award (Sociology)
Bernard N. Meltzer Prize (Sociology)

College of Science in Engineering

​Raymond E. Hampton Excellence in Biology Research Award
Michigan Garden Club, Inc. Scholarship (Biology)
Marion Whitney Summer Graduate Scholarship (Biology)
Daniel E. Mildred G. Wujek Scholarships (Biology)
Computer Science Endowment
Kenneth W. and Margaret Cuff Saunders Scholarship (Journalism, English, or Physics)

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

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.