The Department of Public Policy and Administration and its affiliated centers and institutes provide a variety of financial aid and scholarship support options for qualified applicants to the MPA degree program.  Applicants interested in financial aid should contact the Office of Financial Aid at the time of application.  Those interested in scholarships should contact The Graduate Program Director, Dr. Angie McGuire at For more information on assistantships and funding available to Graduate Students – see the graduate school website.

See 2020-21 Tuition and Fees Schedule

Each course graduate course is three credits, unless noted otherwise.

Student Type Full Time Part Time
In State $8,868 $739/credit
Out of State* $14,616* $1,218/credit

Dean’s Graduate School Differential Award: Out-of-State Scholarships
This scholarship is awarded on a competitive basis to new master’s applicants who are out-of-state.  The scholarship covers the tuition cost differential between in-state and out-of-state tuition full-time students taking up to 12 credits per semester for up to 4 sequential semesters (2 academic years, fall and spring semesters only). Students are nominated by each department.

See the  for on-campus and off-campus fees.

Coverdell Fellowships

The Department offers Coverdell Fellowships available to cover full or partial tuition for students who are Returning Peace Corp Volunteers (RPCVs).

The Department also evaluates grades, letters of recommendation, GRE scores, and work experience when making funding decisions.  In other words, applicants are evaluated on merit, interests, and experience. 

For more about Coverdell Fellowships, contact the MPA Program Director, Dr. Angie McGuire