Scholarships and Financial Aid

The chemistry department at Missouri State University offers many scholarships specifically for students pursuing a major, minor or graduate level degree in chemistry or one of its related programs. These scholarships are designed to support your studies at Missouri State and reward promise in the classroom and in future careers.

Graduate Assistantships

A number of graduate assistantships are made available each year to assist students with expenses while studying for advanced degrees at Missouri State University. Students who are enrolled as nondegree-seeking, special students, or in any other non-graduate degree enrollment classifications are ineligible for assistantships.


The graduate assistantship in chemistry provides a student with a minimum stipend of $8,000 for the academic year (nine months). A limited number of graduate assistantships are available during the summer.

Graduate assistants are eligible for a fee waiver scholarship of up to 15 graduate credit hours in each of the fall and spring and six hours in the summer semester. Fee waivers are intended to cover primarily graduate courses. Undergraduate courses related to one’s program of study may also be covered by the fee waiver. Those receiving summer graduate assistantships receive a fee waiver scholarship of up to six hours of course work.


Students who receive a graduate assistantship must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours of graduate level course work (600-700) during a regular semester. Summer school graduate assistants must enroll for at least 3 graduate hours. Students on a graduate assistantship must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be eligible for reappointment.


To apply for a graduate assistantship in Chemistry, the student must submit an application and three letters of recommendation directly to the department.

Other aid opportunities

You may qualify for other University scholarships. The office of student financial aid provides information about University scholarships, grants and loans. Most scholarships at Missouri State University, including those designated for chemistry students, require the submission of a completed Missouri State scholarship application. Details about additional materials are included in the descriptions below.

Financial need is often considered in the awarding of scholarships, and is determined solely by your Federal Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA).