​​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, presentation grants, and outstanding thesis and dissertation awards.​

Graduate Tuition Awards*

Residents of Michigan are given in-state tuition rates. Additionally, any admitted student from outside the state of Michigan might receive resident tuition rates if the student qualifies for a Graduate Tuition Award. CMU provides three Graduate Tuition Awards, and each is awarded to qualified students upon request.

* Effective fall semester of 2018, all undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students who are U.S. residents will qualify for in-state tuition. This does not apply to specialty programs with unique tuition rates.

Legacy Tuition Award

Any newly admitted graduate student with a parent or grandparent who received a degree from CMU may receive this award for resident tuition.

Neighboring Regions Tuition Award

The Neighboring Regions Tuition Award program grants resident tuition rates to students from Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, and Wisconsin who have at least a 3.3 overall undergraduate grade point average and to students from Ontario, Canada, who have at least a 3.0 overall undergraduate grade point average.

This award is valid for the entire duration of the recipient's graduate program provided he/she maintain a cumulative GPA 3.0 or higher each semester to remain eligible.  If the student falls below this requirement they will lose the award for all future semesters.  This policy may not be appealed.

Out-of-State Merit Graduate Tuition Award

The Out-of-State Merit Graduate Tuition Award is available to all students (U.S. and international) and applies to the student's entire academic degree program, provided the student maintains a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.  To qualify the student must demonstrate the following accomplishments:

  1. A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 on the U.S. 4.0 scale
  2. An appropriate entrance exam score
    • GRE (Graduate Records Exam):  GRE Verbal score of at least 157 and GRE Quantitative score of at least 152. 
    • The old GRE test equivalents are 560 Verbal and 660 Quantitative; or
    • GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test): Minimum GMAT score of 600; or
    • MAT (Miller Analogies Test): Minimum MAT score of 418.
  3. Proof of English Proficiency (required only from non-native speakers of English)
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): Minimum score of 100 (ibt) or 600 (pbt); or
    • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): Minimum score of 7.