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Center for Environmental Research and Education

Tuition and Financial Aid


For the 2013 – 2014 academic year, tuition and fees in the M.S. Environmental Science and Management program total $1,132 per credit hour ($1,036 tuition + $96 University per credit fee).

Assistantships and Fellowships

The following awards are offered on a competitive basis to new M.S. students with strong academic records and relevant qualifications, and to continuing students who have satisfactorily completed their semester reviews.

These awards compensate students who perform specific duties in CERE offices and/or laboratories for approximately 20 hours a week. Recipients are required to be registered full-time (minimum eight credits) during the academic year (Fall and Spring semesters). Assistantships are generally not available in the Summer semester.

There is no separate application for these positions; all qualified applicants who are accepted to the program will be considered. For more information on availability, please contact the ESM program directors.

  • Graduate Assistantships: Each academic year, CERE offers two graduate assistantships. CERE assistantships provide a stipend of approximately $6,000 per semester and tuition remission for eight graduate credits per semester.
  • IPEP Assistantship: The Institute for Professional Environmental Practice (IPEP) is an independent nonprofit credentialing agency housed within CERE. Under agreement with Duquesne University, IPEP funds a partial assistantship for one ESM student during the academic year. The IPEP assistantship provides a stipend of approximately $4,000 per semester and tuition remission for 4.5 graduate credits a semester.
  • Research Assistantships: In any given year, one or more research assistantships may be available to qualified ESM students. Research assistantships are funded by extramural research grants, and thus their availability is variable. Research assistantships provide varying levels of stipend and/or tuition remission as funding allows.
  • Bayer Fellowship: Funded by an endowment from the Bayer Corporation, the fellowship is available to one ESM student who chooses the thesis track. The fellowship requires masters-level research conducted under the supervision of faculty engaged in environmental research. The fellowship is a one-year appointment (July 1 – June 30) and currently provides an annual stipend of $16,500 and tuition remission for 18 graduate credits over the academic year.

Applications for the Bayer Fellowship are due in the CERE Office by March 15 of each year. The recipient will be notified by May 1.

To apply for the Bayer Fellowship, please submit:

  1. A letter from the applicant stating why you should be considered for this award.
  2. A current CV.
  3. A 2-page description of your proposed research (including results to date).
  4. Transcripts (can be requested from the office).
  5. At least two letters of recommendation (more accepted).

Materials should be submitted to the director of the program.

Federal Loans

The Financial Aid Office at Duquesne University can assist you with loan information. Please visit their website to learn more about the types of loans that are available and to find out if you qualify.