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Financing your M.A.

A graduate degree is an investment in your future, and an important factor in deciding whether to apply is its affordability. Our degree program is typically two years, or 30 semester units. You can find out the cost of your education by checking out the CSUSB Net Price Calculator.

Teaching Associateships

The MA in English and Writing Studies offers paid Teaching Associateships. Once selected through a competitive application process, each Teaching Associate  independently teaches one composition or literature course in a semester. Applications are typically due in early April each year.

Grants, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

Current and prospective CSUSB graduate students should check out the Office of Graduate Studies Financial Support page, as well as the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.  

Grants and Fellowships

Students can receive grants and fellowships for financial support for the M.A. in English Composition from a variety of funding sources.

M.A. in English & Writing Studies students have been successful in obtaining these fellowships and grants:

California Pre-Doctoral Fellowship
State University Grants
Student Research and Travel Grants

Additional funding opportunities are available through the Office of Student Research including:

  1. Grants to support faculty and student collaborative research: Faculty/Student Grant
  2. Grants to support student research projects: OSR Student Grant
  3. Grants to support interdisciplinary student research: SSI Innovative Scholars Fund
  4. Grants to support student thesis research: SSI Graduate Scholars Thesis Grants


Several scholarship opportunities are available through CSUSB. You might also consider looking into off-campus scholarships, as well as scholarship search engines that CSUSB recommends, and Scholly.

Financial Aid

Most students qualify for federal financial aid and should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).