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Academic Merit Awards

At the point of admission, all applicants for our on-campus graduate programs are evaluated by faculty for a limited number of Academic Merit Awards (AMA). These awards cover the cost of four-credit hours of university tuition during the fall and spring semester of their first year in the program. To be eligible, applicants must have an undergraduate or previous graduate cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher, based on a 4.00 scale. Award recipients are notified along with their letter of welcome from the college. Continued funding into the second semester is contingent upon maintenance of a 3.25 GPA or higher. Students enrolled in our online programs are not eligible for these awards.

Guidelines for academic merit awards

  • The AMA covers the equivalent of four credits of university tuition only. Students are responsible for paying college tuition and university fees unless these costs are paid by another source.
  • Students who receive a full graduate assistantship and tuition waiver are not eligible for an AMA. Students on a partial graduate assistantship and tuition waiver remain eligible.
  • The AMA covers the university tuition for coursework required by students' programs or approved by their advisors or program faculty.
  • An AMA can only be used for graduate/professional courses (400-level and above) that are required for their degree.