Master's Degree Funding Options

Master's Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Funding Options

The CCJ Department offers several internal funding options to graduate students. While the number of funded positions varies from year-to-year, a number of our students receive some form of assistance to help offset the costs of their graduate degree. The current internal funding options available to our graduate students are described below:

  • College of Urban and Public Affairs Partial Remission: The partial remission consists of a total of $6,000 to be distributed over a period of two years, with $1000 distributed each fall, winter, and spring term across the two year period. Students are required to maintain a GPA of 3.5 or greater.

  • Campus Graduate Assistantship: GAs assigned to work in our campus program hold a .30 FTE position that requires they work roughly 13 hours a week assisting a faculty member. This could involve grading assistance, leading discussion groups, facilitating a computer lab, or collaboration on a research project. GAs receive both a tuition remission and a stipend. For the 9-month 2019/20 academic year the remission covers the first 9 credits of tuition and university fees. Students are responsible for covering 40% of student fees (approximately $150 a year). Stipends for the 2019/20 academic year start at $800 per month (see the Office of Graduate Studies for more details). All GAs must register for and complete at least 9 credit-hours per term and remain in good academic standing to retain their funding. The position is renewable for one additional year contingent on available funding and satisfactory performance.

  • Online Graduate Assistantship: GAs assigned to work in our fully online undergraduate program work as online course facilittators. This position is a .45 FTE, meaning they work about 20 hours a week assissting a faculty member in their online course. GAs receive both a tuition remission and a stipend. For the 9-month 2019/20 academic year the remission covers the first 9 credits of tuition and university fees. Students are responsible for cvering 40% of student fees (approximately $150 a year). Stipends for the 2019/20 academic year start at $1,200 per month (see the Office of Grdaute Studies for more details). All GAs must register for and complete at least 9 credit-hours per term and remain in good academic standing to retain their funding. The position is renewable for one additional year contingent on available funding and satisfactory performance.

Other (external) options for graduate tuition funding include the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) and Federal Financial Aid. Additional information about funding your graduate education can be found at the Office of Graduate Studies

Prospective students wishing to be considered for any one of the Department’s internally funded positions (e.g., Dean’s Award, Graduate Assistantship) must answer the following questions and submit them with their online application: 1) Why are you interested in an assistantship?, 2) What work experience do you have that might be applicable to the graduate program?, 3) Do you have any teaching experience (if yes, describe), and 4) Do you have any prior research experience (if yes, describe)?