Masters of Economic Development - Graduate Assistantships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships & Scholarships

There are graduate assistantships & scholarship opportunities for Master of Science in Economic Development program students.



Graduate Research Assistantships

There are various sources for graduate student assistantships – the graduate school, grants, and external contracts.  The assistants require that a student be accepted into the program, enroll in 12 hours of course work in the fall and spring, and work 20 hours per week in the department.  The graduate assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis.

Graduate assistants work 20 hours per week on actual economic development research projects and in return receive a monthly stipend, 9-13 hour graduate tuition waiver, and basic health insurance. The University of Southern Mississippi requires that all Graduate Assistants have a qualified healthcare plan and offers a healthcare plan to support that goal.  Graduate assistants are required to enroll in the plan or provide evidence of comparable coverage.

See the Southern Miss Economic Development for the Newsletters for the types of exciting projects that graduate assistant handle.


Economic Development Scholarships for Those Seeking a Career in Economic Development

The Master of Science in Economic Development program has three specific scholarships established by the economic development community to assist worthy full-time students enrolled in the master's degree program in economic development. These include the Rhodes and Ingram Economic Development Scholarship Endowment, Munro Petroleum Scholarship Endowment, and the Joe Johnson Memorial Endowment in Economic Development.

Other financial assistance and scholarships can be found by contacting the Office of Financial Aid.

The Joe Johnson Memorial Endowment in Economic Development was established in 2003 by the Mississippi Economic Development Council and the University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association. The purpose of the Endowment, which is held by the USM Foundation, is to provide financial assistance through a scholarship for a master's-level student in economic development enrolled at the University of Southern Mississippi. 

The purpose of the Rhodes and Ingram Economic Development Scholarship Endowment is to provide tuition assistance to a Mississippi economic developer (or developers) who is a member of the Mississippi Economic Development Council, for tuition related to courses toward completion of a master’s degree in Economic Development. Initial funds were raised by the 2002 Jack Rhodes Roast.


If you are interested in donating to the program, please contact the University of Southern Mississippi Foundation.