Financial Aid

Most of our incoming students receive financial aid through graduate assistantships. For more information on other funding for graduate school at MTSU please refer to the Graduate Studies website.

Graduate Assistantships

Our program has a typically high rate of acceptance for students to receive a graduate assistantship. The majority of our students receive a GA in the first year. A graduate assistantship, if awarded, provides full or partial tuition assistance and a monthly pay stipend in return for working 10 or 20 hours per week.

Deadline: March 1st

For a more complete description, required materials, and how to apply please see the following link. This link provides all of the information you need in order to apply for an assistantship. Please make sure you follow it exactly. 


Note: This is a completely separate application process and will need to be mailed in addition to your other application materials.

Student Loans & Other Aid

The Financial Aid Office can provide potential students with more information on other aid such as federal direct loans, private loans, etc. Students needing financial aid will need to have completed the FAFSA before applying. The website provides information on  how to apply for this aid.

Academic Common Market

The Academic Common Market allows out-of-state students from Tennessee's neighboring states to pay in-state tuition for approved academic programs. The list of programs available through the ACM is updated by higher education representatives from participating states and is periodically subject to change. For more information MTSU has provided an Academic Common Market webpage.

Tennessee Residency for Out-of-State Students

Out-of-State students who would like to take residence in Tennessee and qualify to pay in-state tuition may be eligible to do so before the start of their first semester if they are U.S. citizens. Those accepted into our program can get more information about this from our I/O Program Director, Dr. Patrick McCarthy.

Paid Internships

The majority of our students receive a paid internship for the required internship experience. This provides students with assistance while they work towards completing the requirement.

COHRE Projects

Students also have opportunity on an occasional basis to become involved in projects at COHRE. These projects are often paid and can either be short-term or long-term projects.