Graduate Assistantships & Scholarships

RWU offers graduate assistantship and scholarship opportunities to students enrolled in the programs in Architecture, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Forensic & Legal Psychology, Forensic Mental Health Counseling, and Historic Preservation.

The amounts for these awards vary by program. All assistantships and scholarships are merit-based and are offered based solely on application materials; no additional documents or applications are required in order to be considered. All other graduate programs do not currently offer assistantships or scholarships.

Architecture
Business Administration (MBA)
Criminal Justice
Forensic & Legal Psychology
Forensic Mental Health Counseling
Historic Preservation

Architecture

The graduate program in Architecture offers guaranteed paid graduate assistantship and internship opportunities to all students admitted to the Master of Architecture (M.Arch) degree program. Each full-time student receives $3,000 per year as part of the Career Investment Program, which provides the student with 200 hours of paid work in an internship setting (i.e. with an architecture firm) or working with a faculty member on project-based research.

For students possessing a 3.0 cumulative GPA upon admission to the program, merit-based scholarships in the amount of $6,000 per year are automatically awarded in addition to the graduate assistantship or internship. Students will be notified at the time of acceptance if they have been awarded a merit scholarship.

Business Administration (MBA)

The Business Administration (MBA) program offers limited scholarships to competitive candidates during the admission process. If you receive an award, you will be notified shortly after admission to the program. 

Criminal Justice

Each year, the graduate program in Criminal Justice awards a graduate assistantship to a top candidate in the entering class. The award includes a $3,000 annual research assistantship and a scholarship. The award is renewable for students pursuing full-time study for up to two years.

Students pursuing the 4+1 program have additional scholarship opportunities. Please contact the Office of Graduate Admission for more information.

Forensic & Legal Psychology

Students pursuing the M.A. in Forensic & Legal Psychology program are eligible to be considered for one of a series of graduate assistantships. In each fall cohort, three graduate assistantships are awarded (a fourth is awarded every other year). Each assistantship includes a scholarship and paid research, teaching, or work component. Two awards involve working directly with faculty members in the graduate program as teaching assistants. Please note that undergraduate courses at RWU are not taught by teaching assistants; graduate TA's work to support a full-time RWU psychology faculty member in undergraduate courses and research labs. Specific placements will be determined by the Program Director and faculty once the program begins in accordance with faculty needs.

The third assistantship award provides a talented student who possesses strong statistical skills a scholarship and paid work opportunity in the Office of Institutional Research. A fourth assistantship is awarded every other year to a talented student to support diversity and inclusion efforts in the Office of Institutional Research. 

Students interested in being considered for assistantships must submit a completed application to the graduate program by February 1st prior to the intended fall term of enrollment. Students will be notified at the time of acceptance if an assistantship has been awarded. 

In addition to the assistantship opportunities provided, applicants to the Forensic & Legal Psychology program may be considered for need-based grants as well as travel grants for students who choose to visit RWU prior to enrollment. Please contact the Office of Graduate Admission for more information.

Forensic Mental Health Counseling

Students pursuing the M.A. in Forensic Mental Health Counseling are eligible to be considered for merit-based scholarships. Students interested in being considered for scholarships must submit a completed application to the graduate program by February 1st prior to the intended fall term of enrollment. Students will be notified at the time of acceptance if a scholarship has been awarded.

In addition to the scholarship opportunities provided, applicants to the Forensic Mental Health Counseling program may be considered for need-based grants as well as travel grants for students who choose to visit RWU prior to enrollment. Please contact the Office of Graduate Admission for more information.

Historic Preservation

The graduate program in Historic Preservation offers guaranteed paid graduate assistantship and internship opportunities to all students admitted to the M.S. in Historic Preservation degree program. Each full-time student receives $3,000 per year as part of the Career Investment Program, which provides the student with 200 hours of paid work in an internship setting (i.e. with an architecture firm) or working with a faculty member on project-based research. The assistantship will be prorated at 50% for students who take part-time coursework (six credits per semester).

For more information on any of these options, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at 401-254-6200 or gradadmit@rwu.edu.