As a part of our series on How to Fully Fund Your Master’s Degree, here is a list of universities that offer fully funded MA/M.Ed. in Education, international education, and educational leadership. This degree has a variety of career options, including teaching, writing in a variety of contexts, and further academic work.
Fully-funded M.A. or M.Ed. programs can be difficult to find. Because most universities focus their funding on Ph.D. students, M.A. or M.Ed. candidates can have a harder time securing scholarships and funding. However, there are a number of universities that do offer funded M.A. / M.Ed. 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. / M.Ed. programs in your academic field, including small and lesser-known schools both in the U.S. and abroad.
You can also find several external fellowships in the ProFellow database for graduate and doctoral study, as well as dissertation research, fieldwork, language study, and summer work experience.
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Baylor University (Waco, Texas): Masters programs offer varying levels of support, ranging from a partial tuition waiver to full tuition remission with a stipend. There are limited Graduate Assistant positions available to support full-time MA students.
Boston College Lynch School (Chestnut Hill, MA): They off merit-based tuition remission scholarships to promising incoming students. Many offices and departments in the Lynch School and across campus hire master’s level students and provide assistantships for work in their area. The work varies by the department but may include a stipend, tuition remission, or both.
Brock University (Catharines, ON): Full-time students in the Research Pathway, thesis option, may receive fellowship funding for up to 6 terms. Full-time research-based students will receive preferential hiring for all Graduate Assistantships if positions are available. Full-time students in the Research Pathway may apply for Faculty of Education fellowships and other university scholarships and awards. funding packages typically consist of a combination of various sources of funding including graduate fellowships and graduate assistantships.
University of California ( Riverside, CA): Master’s students are eligible to work with a faculty member as a Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) or a Teaching Assistant (TA) for the GSOE. Depending on the hours required for the researcher position, tuition remission, and health insurance may be provided.
Concordia University (Montreal, Quebec, Canada): Competitive funding packages in the form of awards, teaching, and research assistantships are offered at the time of admission to most students to allow them to focus on their research and studies. Students are automatically considered for all entrance graduate awards when they apply to Concordia, provided they meet eligibility criteria.
University of Houston (Houston, TX): Graduate Assistantships allow students to gain practical work experience in higher education while they pursue their master’s degree. While the details of each assistantship appointment vary, these positions typically provide a monthly stipend. Students on Graduate Assistantship must pursue their M.Ed. on a full-time basis and are not permitted to hold employment outside of the assistantship
University of Illinois (Champaign, IL): The faculty have been awarded several grants that fund student research and scholarship. The funding may include a stipend, tuition, travel, or any number of expenses; many of these programs are fully funded.
University of Massachusetts Amherst (Amherst MA): Graduate assistantship positions are available to higher education students in a variety of areas on the UMass campus. The assistantships are 10-30 hours/week, provide a full tuition credit, excellent benefits (including health care), roughly $30 hourly wage, and all are unionized positions. Some students choose to remain at one assistantship throughout graduate school, while others may have several.
Memorial University (Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada): Memorial University offers competitive funding packages to academically eligible full-time graduate students, both Canadian and international, in all eligible research programs. They provide competitive financing packages to academically qualified full-time graduate students, both Canadian and international, who are pursuing a master’s degree. Funding for the MEd program is $5,000.
Queen’s University (Kingston, ON, Canada): For M.Ed. program participants, there is funding of up to $6,000 per year made up of provincial or national fellowships, research or teaching assistantships, or awards and bursaries.
Temple University (Philadelphia, PA): The College of Education and Human Development provides scholarships and financial support opportunities to qualified graduate students. Funding options can include partial tuition awards, scholarships, and assistantships, in addition to federal or merit aid provided by Temple University.
Vanderbilt University, Peabody College (Nashville, TN): There are a variety of awards and assistantships available to Peabody students. Please note that none of our professional programs guarantee an assistantship, but many Peabody students secure positions across Peabody and Vanderbilt University.
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