Application & Finances


This program is designed for people working full time in jobs they do not want to give up. As a result, there are no assistantships offered as part of this program. The exception is in the Fall semester of the third year when we hope to offer assistantships to those students who are able to take a leave of absence from their jobs. These assistantships help to defray the cost of tuition for that semester and pay a small stipend. In return, you would work 20 hours per week closely with a professor teaching a graduate course or working on a research project.

The overall cost of the program is based upon the requirement of completing 66 course credits. The cost per credit is determined by the University and frequently changes. To confirm the current tuition rate, visit the student tuition page of the Controller’s office website, click on residentnon-resident, or non-resident international, and then look for “Educational Psychology and Educational Technology Hybrid PhD.” An amount for student taxes is also applied on a semester basis. These taxes are posted on the same web page indicated above.  The University reserves the right to make changes in the types, structures, and rates for fees, deposits, tuition, and housing. Every effort will be made to give as much advance notice as possible. Note that it is unlikely that the tuition rate would stay the same during a student’s time in the program.)

We are sensitive to the issue of cost. For highly qualified, admitted candidates we shall write letters of support in applications to foundations or any sources of grants or aid that candidates may find.

Other sources of financial support

In addition, you are eligible to apply for financial aid using the federal FAFSA form. To be eligible, you need to be enrolled in a degree-granting program. During the summer semester when you are taking six credits, you are a full-time student. Ph.D. students taking three credits – your Fall and Spring terms – are considered half-time students, and are thus eligible for financial aid. Learn more about financial aid resources at Michigan State University:

Financial Aid at MSU: Open in a new window
Financial Aid Graduate School Information: Open in a new window

Finally, the College of Education awards millions of dollars to graduate students through an array of fellowships, scholarships, and graduate teaching and research assistantships. Click here to find out more: