Financial Support

The Department awards more than $400,000 in merit-based financial support to students every year. The university's Graduate College assists admitted students with applications for need-based financial assistance.

About sixty percent of our entering class receives an offer of merit-based financial assistance upon entry into the program. About fifty percent of MUP students have research or teaching assistantships each semester. In addition to assistantships offered within the department, students secure research assistantships or other assignments from faculty in DURP or other units. Each year several students also obtain jobs with planning agencies in the area.

All applicants (domestic and international) are automatically considered for departmentally-awarded merit-based assistantships and fellowships in the admissions review process. To receive priority consideration for these competitive awards, applicants should submit their application materials by December 15.

Research & Teaching Assistantships

Departmental assistantships are made on a competitive basis, based on consideration of an applicant's professional background, academic record, and particular skills, as well as the needs of the department. Assistantship appointments are made by the Department Head.

Assistantships generally include a stipend and a partial or full waiver of tuition and selected fees. The value of a quarter-time assistantship with a tuition and fee waiver for one semester is currently around $20,000, including a stipend of $4,710 (pay equivalent to $22 per hour). Enrollment in a minimum of 12 hours of graduate level credit per semester and a minimum of 3.0 GPA while in the program are required to hold an assistantship. Most MUP assistantships require ten hours of work per week.


Highly competitive applicants are considered for several fellowships offered by the Department and the Graduate College. Fellowships provide a partial or full waiver of tuition and most fees and a stipend similar to a quarter-time assistantship, but without a requirement for work.

Applicants from underrepresented minority groups may be nominated for a fellowship from the Graduate College's Office of Educational Equity programs. If you wish to be considered for this award, which includes two years of funding, please be sure to fill out racial classification information in the online application system.

Financial Aid

There are additional resources to assist you in financing graduate study. The Graduate College website on Financial Assistance for Graduate Students provides information about a range of options. The Graduate College maintains a directory of fellowships for graduate study open for application by prospective students. Some students find assistantships outside DURP through the Assistantship Clearinghouse, which may include partial or full tuition and fee waivers in exchange for employment.

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