As a part of our series on How to Fully Fund Your Master’s Degree, here is a list of universities that offer full funding for an MA or MFA in Graphic Design. A master’s degree in graphic design can lead to a variety of careers, including working as an independent artist, within an organization as a designer, or more.
Fully-funded M.A. or M.F.A. programs can be difficult to find. Because most universities focus their funding on Ph.D. students, M.A. and M.F.A. candidates can have a harder time securing scholarships and funding. However, there are a number of universities that do offer funded master’s programs. “Full funding” is a financial aid package for full-time students that includes full tuition remission and an annual stipend or salary for the duration of the student’s master’s studies. Funding is typically offered in exchange for graduate teaching and research work that is complementary to your studies. Not all universities provide full funding to their master’s students, which is why I recommend researching the financial aid offerings of all the potential M.A. programs in your academic field, including small and lesser-known schools both in the U.S. and abroad.
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(Atlanta, GA): M.F.A. students receive full tuition waivers and monthly stipends as part of assistantships, and numerous M.A./M.A.Ed. research assistantships are granted with equal benefits. Students are eligible for competitive fellowships, including the premium Welch fellowships. The fellowship fund students for the entire three years of study, in addition to the students’ regular stipend and full tuition waiver.
(Gainesville, FL): Assistantships and Fellowships are available to students who demonstrate potential for excellence. For the past decade, all admitted students have received these. For a half-time appointment over 9 months for 3 years MFA students receive $16,000 annually, Free health insurance, and a full-tuition waiver.
University of Illinois
(Urbana, IL): Fellowships, assistantships, and tuition and service fee waivers are awarded each year on a competitive basis, with consideration given to the applicant’s grade point average and, in the case of applicants for the M.F.A. programs, quality of creative work.
(Athens, OH): All prospective graduate students who apply to the School of Art + Design Graduate Programs by the February 1st deadline are eligible for Stipend and Tuition Waiver funding. Additional opportunities may be available through the program.
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