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Graduate Scholarships

More than 25 specialized scholarships and awards are available for graduate students. Many are endowments created by individuals, organizations and corporations to support CMU students in their efforts to achieve advanced degrees.

A full list can be found in the Graduate Student Bulletin. For more information, contact CMU’s Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

The College of Graduate Studies​ also offers competitive research grants, publication and presentation grants, and outstanding thesis and dissertation awards.

If you’re a graduate student from out-of-state, you’ll want to be aware of the following two scholarship programs.

Out-of-State Tuition Merit Award

Central Michigan University's Out-of-State Tuition Merit Award for graduate students grants in-state tuition rates for any student studying in a Mount Pleasant-based program. No application is necessary.

In order to receive this award, you must meet these criteria:

  • GRE Verbal score of at least 157 (former test equivalent of 560) and GRE quantitative score of at least 152 (former test equivalent of 660), or a GMAT score of at least 600, or a MAT score of at least 418
  • Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 on the U.S. 4.0 scale
  • TOEFL score of at least 600 (100 internet-based test), or an IELTS score of at least 7.5, if English is a second language.

Neighboring Regions Award

Upon admission to a CMU graduate program, the Neighboring Regions Award grants in-state tuition rates to any resident of Indiana, Ohio, Illinois or Wisconsin with at least a 3.3 GPA or any resident of the province of Ontario, Canada, with at least a 3.0 GPA.

The award is valid for the entire graduate program, if you remain in good academic standing. No application is required.

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