Scholarships and Cost

The Department of Public Administration and Policy offers a variety of scholarships through small stipends to graduate level graduate assistantships to assist faculty with teaching and/or research. The scholarships are announced via email by the Associate Dean.


Students in the classroomDPAP scholarship and graduate assistantship applications open in the Spring of each academic year. To apply, you must be a fully admitted MPA student with a 3.5 or higher GPA. If you are newly admitted and do not have a graduate-level GPA, your undergraduate GPA should be 3.5 or higher.

This is open to MPA/JD, MPA/MPH, MPA (general), and MPA (nonprofit track) students. All online and in-person students are encouraged to apply. Again, you must be fully admitted and, if awarded, registered for six (6) credits. The scholarship will be applied to your tuition bill for an entire academic year or one semester.

Students can reapply.

Baucus Leaders Program 

Several notable yearly opportunities are available through our Baucus Leaders Program. A call for applications occurs each year in late fall or early spring.

Cost of Attendance

UM's Financial Aid office provides information on the Graduate Cost of Attendance (COA) page

Financial Aid

Visit UM's Financial Aid Office website for more information, including types of aid, how to apply and additional scholarship opportunities. 

Important Note: Students admitted to the MPA program must be enrolled in six (6) credits to receive financial aid. Students enrolled as a non-degree student or in the public administration graduate, public policy, or nonprofit certificate are not eligible for financial aid.