Scholarships and financial aid

The annual Wayne State University Scholarship Application period runs from Oct. 1 through March 1. Applicants will be considered for the scholarships listed below, as well as the scholarships available throughout the university, by using just one application.

Graduate scholarships 

Justice Scholars 

The Justice Scholars Program is designed to advance leadership in justice-related professions in metro Detroit. By providing leaders with an understanding and appreciation for research, the use of data, and problem-analysis techniques required of today's leaders, the Justice Scholars Program aims to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and equity of the justice system in metro-Detroit and is awarded annually to two students who work with justice-impacted individuals. 

Learn more about the Justice Scholars Program 

Chief Scholars 

The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice has partnered with the Detroit Police Department to offer select DPD police officers the Chief Scholars Program. This program aims to keep DPD officers at the forefront of crime prevention, technology, and theory in criminal justice education.  

Learn more about the Chief Scholars program

Graduate teaching assistantships 

Assistantships are appointments made to graduate students in master's or doctoral programs that offer both a salary and tuition scholarship. GTAs provide approximately 20 hours of instructional service per week over the course of the semester and may assist in teaching and grading undergraduate courses.  

Departmental scholarships 

The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice gives out a small number of additional scholarships to incoming graduate students. For more information email the graduate director, Charles Klahm.

Graduate School scholarships 

The WSU Graduate School also offers funding opportunities to graduate students. These include assistantships, fellowships, and scholarships. They also have information about external funding opportunities.  

Learn more about Graduate School funding