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The McNair program was developed based on the premise that many undergraduate students may possess the aptitude for advanced degrees; however, in some instances these students can be overlooked, especially students who are characterized as disadvantaged. Therefore, the McNair program seeks to bridge this gap between aptitude and access. In order to apply to the program you must:

Be an individual who is:

  • A minority student who is under represented at the graduate level.
    (defined as African-American, Native American, Hispanic or Pacific Islander)


  • A low-income and first-generation student

    Low-income status is determined by the program office and is in accordance with federal guidelines.
    First-generation means that neither parent (or guardian) graduated with a four year degree prior

    to your 18th birthday. Click here for the federal income table.


  • Have completed at least 60 credit hours of college course work at the time of application.

  • Possess at least a 2.8 GPA

  • Be a US citizen or permanent resident

  • Express a sincere interest in doctoral study

  • The successful applicant will also:
    Be willing to devote sufficient time to the McNair internship
    Possess maturity and the ability to collaborate with others
    Be motivated to learn through creative and non-traditional modes
    Be open to self-reflection and guidance

Click Here to complete the Eligibility Checklist.

Preference is given to students who attend colleges in the region; however applications from any college/university shall be considered.



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