Scholarships and Assistantships for Graduate Students

For Full-Time Graduate Programs

Arcadia University offers academic scholarships to select applicants in each of the full-time programs on the basis of academic record. Simply apply for admission to receive consideration. Scholarship decisions are made by the chairperson of the respective department and notification of any scholarship award is included with the acceptance letter. 

By Program

Physical Therapy 

Scholarship: Full-time DPT program applicants will automatically be reviewed for a partial merit scholarship, which is renewable for two and a half years.

Assistantships: Graduate assistantships are also offered to select students. The amount of the assistantship is $2,000 for the 2018-2019 academic year.  

Physician Assistant

Scholarship: PA program applicants will automatically be reviewed for a merit scholarship. For students in the Two-Year PA Program, the scholarship is renewable for two years. For students in the 3 Year MPH/PA program, the PA Scholarship is available for years two and three (PA portion of program). A student’s academic record will be the most important factor in determining the scholarship award. 

Assistantships: Students that are awarded scholarships may also be eligible for a Graduate Assistantship. The amount of the assistantship is $3,600 for the 2018-2019 academic year.  

International Peace and Conflict Resolution

Scholarships: Students who apply to the full-time IPCR program will automatically be reviewed for a scholarship. A limited number of merit scholarships will be offered for the 2018-19 academic year are available. Scholarship awards are based on academic achievement.

Assistantships: Graduate assistantships are competitive.  The application process is conducted through the IPCR program at the beginning of each term.  The amount of the assistantship depends on the project and can range from $1,000-$5,000.

Forensic Science

Scholarships: To be considered for a scholarship, students must interview for the full-time Forensic Science program. Students that are accepted to the program will be considered for a scholarship up to $10,000 annually for the 2018-19 academic year.

Assistantships: Graduate assistantships are available on a semester-to-semester basis. The amount of the assistantship ranges from $1,600 to $3,200 per year for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Outside Scholarships

In addition to the scholarships listed above, additional aid can sometimes be found through various community organizations, religious groups, foundations, and companies.  Information on these additional sources can often be found in your local library and on the web.  Check out some of the websites below and do your own free scholarship search. 

In the event that you are awarded an outside scholarship, you are required to send a copy of your award notification to the Arcadia University Financial Aid Office.  Whenever possible, we make an effort to add it to your existing aid package.  If doing so creates an over-award situation (i.e., where you are receiving more aid than your annual established cost of attendance (including tuition, fees, room and board, books, personal expenses and transportation), then we will reduce loans before any institutional aid will be reduced.  Keep in mind that Arcadia merit scholarships can only be used toward tuition costs so external scholarships that are only applicable toward tuition can impact institutional merit scholarships if the two awards combined exceed the cost of tuition.