Each year the Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs awards eight to ten graduate assistantships to outstanding students pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree at Wichita State University. Graduate assistants work directly with faculty and staff on research and community service projects through the Center for Urban Studies, Kansas Public Finance Center and Environmental Finance Center.
Graduate assistantships are awarded primarily on the basis of a student's academic record, demonstrated leadership abilities and potential for success in the field of public and nonprofit management. To be eligible for a graduate assistantship, a student must be admitted to the Master of Public Administration in full standing meeting minimum 3.0 GPA requirements.
Assistants are expected to work 20 hours per week and pursue their graduate degree on a full-time basis. Currently, assistants earn a stipend of $10,500 for a nine-month appointment. Graduate assistants are also eligible to apply for fellowships which are awarded competitively.
Four endowed fellowships in the Hugo Wall School provide financial assistance to students enrolled in the Master of Public Administration degree. These fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis with preference given to graduate assistants showing exemplary records and specific career interests in the field of public administration. Applications are due March 1 for Hugo Wall assistantships and fellowships that begin in the fall.
The following fellowships are available:
There are a variety of external scholarship opportunities avaliable to students with public administration reserach interests. Check back for updates and additions to current scholarship opportunities.
The MPA degree program is made up of 13 courses at 3 credit hours each. 39 total credit hours are needed to graduate.
In fiscal year 2016, Wichita State Univeristy graduate tuition and fees are $965.76 per course for residents and $2,161.26 per course for non-residents. The total cost of the MPA degree is $12,554.88 for residents and $28,096.38 for non-residents.
Bethany Kennedy, Student Services Coordinator
Wichita State University Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs