graduate programs in engineering
 

Funding and Support

Prospective Penn State College of Engineering graduate students have access to numerous types of financial support to cover or defray the costs of graduate education.

Teaching and Research Assistantships

The most common form of financial support for students, graduate assistantships are available to thesis-based master of science students and doctoral candidates. Graduate assistants support undergraduate instruction or undertake research projects and receive a stipend, tuition remission, and subsidy for medical insurance. Assistantships are awarded by individual academic departments.

Fellowships

These highly prestigious financial support packages are available to doctoral candidates and typically include a stipend, tuition remission, and a subsidy for medical insurance. Upon application for doctoral program admission, prospective students may be nominated by their departments for University Graduate Fellowships from Penn State.

Scholarships

Awarded by the College of Engineering or specific academic departments, scholarships are available to doctoral candidates and based on academic merit, with some scholarships considering financial need or other criteria. Upon application for doctoral program admission, prospective students are automatically considered for relevant scholarships.

Loans

The Penn State Office of Student Aid maintains details on graduate student loan options including subsidized and unsubsidized federal direct loans and private alternative loans.

“When talking to other graduate schools around the country, no other faculty spent nearly the same amount of time talking to me about their research and projects. They worked to find where I could fit based on my interests and background.”

— Torsten Maier, Ph.D. student, Industrial Engineering