Are scholarships or is financial aid available for the MDE program?

MDE Merit Scholarship

  • Each year, two incoming student will be selected as recipients based on overall merit. In this case, we define merit as a holistic combination of academic credentials, financial circumstances, social engagement and leadership, and interdisciplinary experience. This is not to suggest that applicants must excel equally in every single category (academic, social, and interdisciplinary experience), but all categories will be taken into consideration.
  • All incoming students will automatically be considered, and recipients are informed alongside their notice of admission. Each scholarship totals $15,000, which is spread across a student’s two years in the program ($7,500 per year).

Federal and/or private loans: Applicants for the Master in Design Engineering (MDE) degree program are eligible to apply for federal and/or private loans options. U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for federal aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), choosing school code E00212 for the GSD. Applying by the February financial aid deadline will allow us to award your federal aid at the same time as your admission decision. Currently, we are not offering any need-based or merit-based grant options for this program.

Program Directors' Award: at the end of their first year in the program, up to five students are awarded the Master in Design Engineering Program Directors' Award, which is merit-based.

MDE Fellowships: At the end of their first year in the program, students may apply for an MDE Fellowship. These fellowships are need-based and awarded to a limited number of students going into their third semester.

Project Funding: all MDE students receive a set amount of funding for studio projects and Independent Design Engineering Projects.

External Scholarships: MDE is eligible for a number of STEM-related external scholarships. International students should review government-sponsored funding opportunities. International students, as well as U.S. citizens and permanent residents may apply for private loan options. Some private loan options may require a US co-signer. Applications for the private loans are not initiated until the spring.

All applicants are encouraged to review information about Outside Scholarships on the GSD Financial Aid webpage.