A Large Urban University
Since its founding by Dr. Russell H. Conwell in 1884, Temple University has grown tremendously. Chartered as Temple College in 1888 and incorporated as Temple University in 1907, Temple became a state-related institution in Pennsylvania's Commonwealth System of Higher Education in 1965.
Temple University is one of the most diverse and comprehensive public research institutions in the United States. Total student enrollment is over 40,000, of which more than 10,000 are graduate and professional students. Programs are offered at five regional campuses, including Main Campus, the Health Sciences Center Campus, Center City Campus, and Podiatric Medicine Campus in Philadelphia, as well as the major suburban campus in Ambler, PA. Temple also operates an education center in Harrisburg, PA, and international campuses in Tokyo, Japan, and Rome, Italy.
Graduate Programs for Everyone
Through various schools and colleges, Temple University offers nearly 200 master's and doctoral degree programs, several with various areas of concentration, and more than 100 graduate, post-master's, and specialty certificates. A wide array of post-baccalaureate opportunities is offered, ranging from the MArch degree program, which results in the first professional degree in Architecture; to an MFA degree in such fine arts as painting, film and media arts, or creative writing; to the practice-oriented DNP in Nursing; to a variety of research-oriented degree programs in the sciences, social sciences, education, and other disciplines. Ten PSM -- professional science master's -- degree programs are currently offered. These prepare students to be leaders in the workforce in such fields as applied sociology, bioinformatics, bioinnovation, biotechnology, computer and systems security, cyber defense and information assurance, forensic chemistry, geographic information systems, high-performance computing for scientific applications, and scientific writing. The multitude of degree offerings at Temple University include those in business, engineering, media and communication, music, pharmacy, public health, and many more.
Strong Research Focus
Temple University is designated as one of only 115 institutions in the nation as an "R1: Doctoral Universities -- Highest Research Activity" by The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education in its 2015 classification. Research is central to both master's and doctoral degree programs at Temple University. Through research and other creative activities, faculty members and students are able to contribute to the development of new knowledge.
First Summers Research Initiative
The First Summers Research Initiative (FSRI) is a competition for summer research awards for domestic doctoral students at Temple University who are traditionally underrepresented in their fields of study. The purpose of these awards is to provide eligible students with funding to encourage their pursuit of research activity in the first, second, and/or third summers of their graduate studies. The FSRI Award is valued at $6,000. Applicants can apply each summer until they achieve candidacy, although preference is given to first-time applicants.
Temple University offers a limited number of fellowships to support outstanding students in doctoral or terminal master's degree programs. Fellowships typically provide support, including a stipend and tuition, for four years, with shorter terms for those enrolled in a terminal master's degree program. The fellowship recipient is typically supported for two years with no service required or permitted. For the other two years, fellowship recipients are required to perform up to 20 hours per week of service as teaching or research assistants.
Presidential Fellowships are the most prestigious awards. Competition is reserved for only the most outstanding candidates.
University Fellowships are awarded to outstanding incoming graduate students. These awards are intended to support students who demonstrate outstanding potential for success in their chosen fields.
Future Faculty Fellowships are intended to attract outstanding students who would diversify the professoriate. Candidates are newly admitted graduate students from underrepresented groups in the applicant's discipline who show exceptional leadership and/or have overcome significant obstacles in pursuing their academic careers.
Other Graduate Financial Support
Assistantships, internships, and externships are awarded through departments and non-academic units based on need and fit. These awards require 20 hours of service per week.
A teaching assistant engages in lecturing, instructing, and supervising academic activities in the classroom, laboratory, studio, theater, or recitation or tutorial section; providing academic support in a laboratory, studio, or office; or working in another setting in which academic instruction takes place. The assistantship includes a stipend, tuition, and health insurance benefits.
A research assistant engages in archival, clinical, field, laboratory, library, museum, or survey research, or in another research activity supervised by a faculty member or researcher on a sponsored project. The assistantship includes a stipend, tuition, and health insurance benefits.
An academic intern engages in academic, performance, and professional activities that are central to the instructional program and directly related to the student's degree program (e.g., clinical practice, musical or theatrical production), but cannot be classified as either research or teaching. The activities are directly supervised by a faculty member/preceptor in the student's school/college. Internships include a stipend, tuition, and health insurance benefits.
A graduate extern provides service that may entail academic and professional experience or development. The activities are not directly supervised by a faculty member/preceptor in the student's degree program. Externships provide a stipend and health insurance benefits.
Two highly competitive awards are designed to accelerate the degree completion process by offering significant financial support to promising students. Both awards are nonrenewable.
For the Doctoral Dissertation Completion Grant, departments nominate doctoral students who have completed all requirements for the degree, except the required dissertation, and are advanced to candidacy. The Doctoral Dissertation Completion Grant includes a stipend and one credit of tuition remission. The award is for five months.
The Master of Fine Arts Project Completion Grant carries a stipend and one credit of tuition remission. Departments nominate students who have completed all requirements for their degrees, except the required project. The award is for five months.
Location, Location, Location
Temple University is one of the 50 largest universities in the United States. The university's location in Philadelphia is a key element in forging a unique student experience. As the sixth largest US city and second largest on the East Coast, the "City of Brotherly Love" offers cultural attractions and events of interest to everyone.