Funding Opportunities for students in the Master of Arts in Applied Geography:
Many MA applicants have questions and concerns about funding for their graduate education. At this point, the department is unable to offer any Teacher's Assistant (TA) opportunities, although graduate fellowships are available through the Graduate School (see below). We are working actively to raise funds for TA positions and hope to have better news in the future. In the mean time, there are many avenues to pursue to supplement or cover educational expenses.
Please be aware of these points:
Students may qualify for fellowships from the Graduate School. Funding is for one year and are awarded on a competitive basis. Availability depends on the university budget for each year; the amount is on the order of $3,000-$5,000 per year. These require that the department recommend you for funding. Students must submit a statement of purpose and goals - new applicants do this when answering Question 7 on the application packet Part II. You may also wish to address in your statement some specifics as to why you feel you qualify for this fellowship. Be aware that you must be fully admitted to an on-campus graduate program, and be engaged in full (5 or more credits/semester), or part-time (1 to 4 credits/semester) study to be eligible for the fellowship. If the graduate student fails to meet the credit/semester requirement, the fellowship is forfeited. If you cannot meet this criterion, do not indicate your desire to be recommended for this fellowship.
Departmental recommendations are submitted to the Graduate School by early March, new applicants must submit application materials by February 1 to be considered.
A limited number of our students receive funding from faculty members through research grants in which they are a research assistant (RA). This source of income is variable, depending on grants that individual faculty members have at any given time. Please contact whomever you think might be your advisor for information on possible research funding opportunities. Recognize that the availability of these positions varies greatly and is not guaranteed.
The department offers a Women in Geography Scholarship. This is a one-time grant awarded on a competitive basis for all women students. See your faculty mentor if you wish to apply.
There are numerous geography-related firms in Colorado Springs that hire our students. Most will be flexible with work and school schedules, some offer tuition reimbursement, and several have formal internship programs with our department. Discuss these options with the GES Graduate Director, Professor Emily Skop, or other faculty members.
Most out-of-state students can qualify for in-state tuition after one year of residence.
The Financial Aid Office will assist with student loans, work study qualifications, and potential student grant money.
Thank you for your interest in the Master of Arts in Applied Geography.