Department of Political Science

Graduate Assistantships & Financial Assistance

There are several ways in which students may help finance their graduate education. Please feel free consult the MPA director if you have any questions.

  • Graduate assistantships are frequently available for full-time students. These will usually be in the Department of Political Science, but sometimes assistantships can be located in other academic units.
  • You may apply for an assistantship via The Personal Datasheet upon application for admission to the MPA Program or by contacting the MPA director.
  • Highly qualified out-of-state residents may also be awarded partial tuition remissions, thereby reducing tuition to the in-state level.
  • The deadline for applying a graduate assistantship or an out of state tuition remission for a coming academic year is March 15th.
  • The Federal Work Study Program is now open to Graduate students. This program can help one finance one's education and does not requirement repayment. If you qualify for this program, you can be employed by the Department in a graduate assistant-like capacity.
  • In addition, the North Carolina City and County Management Association provides a $2,500 scholarship annually for a first-year student interested in a career in North Carolina local government.
  • Financial aid applications for student loans and other programs, including the Federal Work Study Program, are available through ECU's Office of Financial Aid at

Overview of MPA Program (PPT)
Frequently Asked Questions
Admission to the MPA Program
MPA Graduation and Employment Rates
Out of State & International Students
MPA Personal Datasheet (PDF)
Financial Assistance
Getting Started in Your Graduate Program
Student Technology Resources
MPA Style Manual
Grad. Cert. in Community Health Admin.
Community Health Admin. Gainful Employment Info.

MPA Handbook (PDF)
Mission Statement & Objectives
Expected Student Competencies
Our Professional Values
Core Curriculum and Areas of Emphasis
Internship Requirements
Professional Paper
Post-Grad Intern & Fellowships
Grad. Cert. in Security Studies

Dept. of Political Science, Brewster A-124, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858-4353
Phone (252) 328-6189
Fax (252) 328-4134