Paying for Graduate School

You can find our current tuition and fee costs here: What Does It Cost?

Information on financial aid and student loans can be located here: Graduate Financial Aid.

 

Graduate Assistantships

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Guidelines for the Appointment of Graduate Assistants
2018-2019 Service Calendar

 

General Information

A limited number of graduate administrative assistantships, graduate teaching assistantships and graduate research assistantships are available. Graduate Assistantships provide a monthly stipend and a waiver for tuition. Out-of-state residents also receive a waiver for out-of-state fees.

Persons interested in applying for a graduate assistantship should also contact the individual department as additional application materials and references may be required. Some departments may also have specific deadlines for assistantship applications.

Eligibility for an assistantship requires a student to be fully admitted into his/her desired program and have a current GPA, whether graduate or undergraduate, of 3.0 or higher.

Assistants must enroll in at least six (6) graduate credit hours per semester and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 for master's level or 3.25 for doctoral level.

Appointment of Graduate Assistants: University Policy 225

Overview for Students

The following information strives to give you a general overview of the graduate assistantship program at Middle Tennessee State University. If you still have specific questions, contact the College of Graduate Studies at 615-898-2840.

All graduate programs have a set number of graduate assistant and although the College of Graduate Studies is the final approving authority for all graduate assistants, each department is responsible for interviewing, selecting, and preparing the paperwork for their graduate assistants.

So, what does that mean to you? If you are looking for an assistantship, start with the program that you are majoring in, they make the decision as to who they hire so that's the first place to start. The College of Graduate Studies requires that in order for a graduate student to be eligible to hold an assistantship they must first be fully admitted to a program (no conditional admission), and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher (whether graduate or undergraduate if you are just coming to graduate school). Keep in mind that these are just the requirements for the College of Graduate Studies, each department may have its own requirements that you may need to meet as well.

If the department does not have any openings there are some administrative offices on campus that utilize graduate assistants. (See below)

MTSU has three (3) types of assistantships, research, teaching, and administrative. We also offer both master's and Ph.D. assistantships; the master's assistantships are available for both nine (9) months and twelve (12) month contracts and the Ph.D. is available only as a twelve (12) month option. In exchange for working in the department you are given tuition remission at an in-state status, a percentage of your fees, and a modest monthly stipend. Again, the specifics of the contract, award types, amounts, etc. would be discussed with the individual department.

As a colleague, graduate assistants are also allowed to upgrade to a faculty/staff parking pass for a nominal fee at the Parking Services Office.

Students hired as administrative assistants are required to submit an hourly timesheet to the Human Resources department monthly. Timesheets are located on the HR website.

Non-Academic Offices Offering Graduate Assistantships

Check with the individual offices regarding availability.

Office Contact Person Contact Information
Dyslexic Studies Erin Alexander 494-8884
Information Technology Division Barbara Draude 904-8383
Center for Educational Media Laura Clark 898-5191
Learning Teaching and Innovative Technology Center Tom Brinthaupt 494-7676
Office of Compliance Moses Prabu Moses.Parbu@mtsu.edu

 

Graduate Teaching Assistantship Certification Program

The Graduate Teaching Assistantship Certificate Program is designed to provide Graduate Teaching Assistants with a structured experience that prepares them for classroom and laboratory teaching. The program allows you to develop and document your classroom teaching and teacher development activities and it provides you with several self-reflection and consultatvie feedback opportunities. It also provides several documents that can be included in your professional and teaching portfolio.

Students can learn more about this program here: Graduate Teaching Assistantship Certification Program.

 

Academic Common Market

It Pays to Be Unique!

You may qualify for in-state tuition at MTSU if you are enrolled in an academic major not offered in your home state.

Overview and Eligibility

The Academic Common Market (ACM) is a tuition savings program which allows residents of participating states to qualify for in-state tuition for unique academic majors not offered in their home state. The ACM is coordinated by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB).

Who is eligible?

You must be a resident of a member state of the SREB to qualify for the ACM:

ACM Map

Alabama
Arkansas
Delaware
Florida*
Georgia
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maryland
Mississippi
Oklahoma
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas*
Virginia
West Virginia


*Florida and Texas participate in the ACM at the graduate level only.

Which programs are approved for the ACM?

Many MTSU programs are already approved for ACM - you can find a list of programs by state here. Other programs may be eligible for approval if they are not currently offered in your home state.

Regional Scholars Program

The MTSU Regional Scholars Program allows select non-Tennessee resident students who live within approximately 250 miles to attend MTSU at a reduced rate. 

In order to qualify the student must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a documented permanent residence located in a county within a 250 mile radius of MTSU.

Students who qualify will receive:

  • A reduced tuition rate equal to approximately 44% off the standard out of state rate (instate tuition + roughly $235 per credit hour).
  • Certain students may be eligible for the Academic Common Market Program which offers instate rates. Follow the link for details.

 

Eligible Counties

Regional Scholars Program Area

 

Alabama

Missouri

Arkansas

Mississippi

Georgia

North Carolina

Illinois

Ohio

Indiana

South Carolina

Kentucky

Virginia

  

Contact the College of Graduate Studies at graduate@mtsu.edu or 615-898-2840 for more information.

Scholarships

There are several scholarships for graduate students available through the College of Graduate Studies. Below you will find information and guidelines for each scholarship.

Foundation Graduate Student Scholarship

Application Deadline - April 1st of each year
Available for completing and submitting between January 1 – April 1

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The MTSU Foundation Graduate Scholarship is established through the Senior Gift Program by graduating seniors of MTSU and for the purpose of providing scholarship support to graduate students of Middle Tennessee State University.  The number and the amount of the scholarships to be awarded shall be determined by the College of Graduate Studies Scholarship Committee and limited to the funds available in the spendable account.  Recipients receive the scholarship dollars for the fall semester.  In order to receive scholarship dollars for an additional semester, the recipient is expected to achieve a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in the preceding semester.  Each scholarship is for one academic year (fall and spring semesters) and may not be renewed beyond the one year.  Preference shall be given to students who participated in the Senior Gift Program before obtaining their undergraduate degree from MTSU.

To be eligible, a student must:

  • Have an undergraduate degree from Middle Tennessee State University.
  • Have an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.5 or greater.
  • Be fully admitted as a graduate degree seeking student.
  • Submit a letter stating his or her career intent and a short statement of financial need.

Samuel H. Howard MBA Scholarship

Application Deadline - April 1st of each year
Available for completing and submitting between January 1 – April 1

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The Samuel H. Howard MBA Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to African American students pursuing the MBA degree or provide financial assistance for African American students pursuing the MBA degree to participate in the National Black MBA Association, particularly attending annual conventions.  The number and the amount of the scholarships to be awarded shall be determined by the College of Graduate Studies Scholarship Committee and limited to the funds available in the spendable account.

To be eligible, a student must:

  • Be an African American graduate student pursuing the MBA degree.
  • Provide three letters of reference.
  • Provide a statement of financial need and a brief personal narrative supporting the application.

Tammy Jones Memorial Scholarship

Application Deadline - April 1st of each year
Available for completing and submitting between January 1 – April 1

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The Tammy Jones Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to an incoming or current graduate student majoring in mathematics or vocal music at Middle Tennessee State University.  The number and the amount of the scholarships to be awarded shall be determined by the College of Graduate Studies Scholarship Committee and limited to the funds available in the spendable account.   This scholarship may be renewed for a maximum of one year.  Prior recipients must re-apply for consideration.

To be considered, a student must:

  • Be majoring in mathematics or vocal music at MTSU.
  • Provide a brief narrative supporting the application.

Mary W. and Chester R. Martin Graduate Academic Scholarship

Application Deadline – April 1st of each year for the fall award; 
                                           October 1st for the spring award

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The Mary W. and Chester R. Martin Graduate Academic Scholarship emphasizes academic scholarship and leadership.  This scholarship, in the amount of $500, will be awarded each fall and spring semesters as a tuition grant.  This award is made for one semester only and is non-renewable.

To be eligible, a student must:

  • Be a first-semester graduate student.
  • Be a Tennessee or Kentucky resident.
  • Have graduated from an accredited, undergraduate institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater.
  • Be a full-time (enrolled for nine credit hours of graduate coursework) graduate student.
  • Provide three letters of reference giving supporting statements that the applicant displays evidence of exceptional promise for academic excellence and leadership.

Albert L. and Ethel Carver Smith Scholarship for Graduate Students

Application Deadline - April 1st of each year
Available for completing and submitting between January 1 – April 1

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The Albert L. and Ethel Carver Smith Memorial Scholarship is awarded in the amount of $1000 for the first semester and is renewable for one additional semester contingent upon satisfactory academic progress. 

To be eligible, a student must:

  • Be fully admitted as a graduate degree seeking student.
  • Be enrolled as a full-time (nine credit hours of graduate coursework) graduate student.
  • Provide a statement of financial need and a brief personal narrative supporting the application.

Walton O. Warren Graduate Scholarship

Application Deadline - April 1st of each year
Available for completing and submitting between January 1 – April 1

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The Walton O. Warren Graduate Scholarship is awarded annually in an amount determined by the College of Graduate Studies Scholarship Committee and limited to the funds available in the spendable account.   

To be eligible, a student must:

  • Be a Tennessee resident.
  • Have earned a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Have a minimum of four (4) years of experience in the Tennessee public school system.
  • Be planning a career in the public schools of Tennessee.
  • Be admitted to graduate study.
  • Submit a personal narrative supporting the application. The narrative should address your goals for graduate study and how receiving the scholarship will aid in your personal and professional development.
  • Include a letter of endorsement from your school principal (on school letterhead) to your application. An administrator’s endorsement should come from the system superintendent (on letterhead).  It must verify the applicant’s number of years of public school teaching experience.  At a minimum, the endorsement should address why the applicant is deserving of the scholarship, how the award would contribute to the professional development of the applicant, and how the applicant’s school will benefit if the award is granted.  (Principals and superintendents may only endorse one applicant per year).
  • Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate work and any previous graduate work.

Scholarships and Financial Aid Through Other Sources

External Funding

 

The Office of Research offers several avenues to explore for locating both internal and external funding opportunities for faculty and students.  Check their website for more information.