Workforce-Ready Master's Fellowship

Background And Rationale

For many professions, a Master’s degree is the new gold standard for employers seeking talented and well-trained employees. Graduate education is central to the University of Arizona’s mission as a student-centered, Land Grant research university guided by a commitment to address the work force needs of the state.

Many Master’s programs at the University of Arizona target the workforce needs of the state and produce top graduate students who are very likely to stay in Arizona and contribute significantly to the economic, social and cultural development necessary to enhance the well-being of the region.

The UA Graduate College, with the generous assistance of the Louise Foucar Marshall Foundation, has created a Workforce-Ready Master’s Fellowship Program in order to incentivize Arizonans to enroll in UA master’s programs that meet the workforce needs of Southern Arizona and the State.

Awarding closed for Fall 2014

The following Master’s programs have been identified as eligible for this first round of funding:

  • Aerospace Engineering MS
  • Applied Biosciences PSM - Controlled Environment Agriculture
  • Applied Biosciences PSM - Industrial Microbial Biotechnology
  • Applied Biosciences PSM - Medical and Diagnostic Laboratory Sciences
  • Applied Biosciences PSM - Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Architecture MS - Design and Energy Conservation
  • Architecture MS - Heritage Conservation
  • Art Education MA
  • Cellular and Molecular Medicine MS
  • Chemical Engineering MS
  • Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics MS
  • Counseling MA - Rehabilitation and Mental Health
  • Counseling MA - School Counseling Emphasis
  • Economic Geology PSM
  • Engineering Management MS
  • Environmental Engineering MS
  • Environmental Health Sciences MS
  • Geographic Information Systems Technology MS
  • Human Language Technology MS
  • Hydrology MS
  • Hydrometereology MS
  • International Security MA
  • Management Information Systems MS
  • Material Science and Engineering MS
  • Mechanical Engineering MS
  • Medical Physics PSM
  • Mining, Geological and Geophysical Engineering MS
  • Music Education MM
  • Natural Resources MS - Ecology, Management, and Restoration of Rangelands
  • Natural Resources MS - Fisheries Conservation and Mgmt
  • Natural Resources MS - Natural Resources Studies
  • Natural Resources MS - Watershed Management and Ecohydrology
  • Natural Resources MS - Wildlife Conservation and Management
  • Optical Sciences MS
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences MS - Pharm Econ Policy and Outcomes
  • Photonic Communications Engineering MS
  • Physiological Sciences MS
  • Public Administration MPA
  • Public Health MPH
  • Real Estate Development MRED
  • Special Education MA - Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specialization
  • Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences MS
  • Systems Engineering MS
  • Water, Society and Policy MS

Eligibility Criteria

  • The student must be a legal Arizona resident
  • The student must meet all program and Graduate College Admissions criteria
  • The student must be a new admit to one of the eligible programs of study
  • The student must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine level of need for funding purposes

Students pursuing an Accelerated Master’s Program or Certificate program in these fields will not be considered at this time.

Preferred Criteria

  • Individuals underrepresented in the above fields
  • Individuals who speak a second language widely spoken in Arizona and necessary to serve the diverse populations of the State.


$3000 in year 1 for students approved by the Graduate College for the program, either in the form of a GC fellowship or tuition assistance, depending on availability and the financial need of the student.

How To Apply

Prospective graduate students may submit an application online (

For programmatic questions, please contact Maria Teresa Velez, Associate Dean, Graduate College.