The Office of Graduate Studies offers $1000 academic competitive scholarships based on recommendations from graduate Department Chairs. Masters/Doctoral students interested in a scholarship must contact their department to see if they qualify. The criteria required by your department may be higher than those set by the Graduate Office. The requirements for the Office of Graduate Studies are as follows:

  1. Students who are awarded scholarships must be fully accepted into a graduate program, must be in good academic standing,and must be enrolled full-time (9 hours) in the Fall and Spring semesters.
    *No student will be extended an additional scholarship if their grade point average is below 3.0 or if they fail to meet any other condition of their current year scholarship.*
  2. Students who begin a scholarship in the Spring semester must be enrolled as full time students and must enroll in a minimum of 6 credit hours in the Summer.
  3. Non-thesis master’s students in programs requiring 39 or fewer credits will receive up to two one thousand dollar scholarships. All thesis master’s students and non-thesis master’s students in programs requiring 40 or more credits will receive up to three one thousand dollar scholarships.
  4. Students enrolled in thesis courses are not required to meet the minimum credit hour requirement for a scholarship.
  5. Students may enroll for fewer than 9 hours during a long semester or 6 hours during a summer term but must provide the Graduate Dean with a signed one-time reduced course load memorandum from the Department Chair verifying approval.  Please note that a student is only eligible for one Reduced Course Load while on scholarship throughout their academic career. International students may only enroll for a reduced load in their graduating semester.  
  6. Students removed from the scholarship list for any reason may submit to the Graduate Dean a letter of appeal that must be accompanied by a letter of support from the student’s Department Chair.  The final decision is made by the Graduate Dean.
    *Out-of-State students receiving a Non-Resident Tuition Waiver must receive the full $1000 scholarship to be in compliance with Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board regulations.*
  7. The Graduate Office will not submit Tuition Waivers after the 12th class day of the semester.