ASU Watts College extends offer to pay grad-school application fees for first responders, essential workers


Mark J. Scarp

First responders and essential workers who apply for graduate degree programs at Arizona State University’s Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions will have their application fees paid for by the college through June 30, Dean Jonathan Koppell announced.

The limited-time application-fee offer – extended from an original May 31 deadline – applies to first responders and essential workers seeking admission to graduate degree programs in the college’s criminal justice, public affairs, community development, and social work schools. The offer also applies to the college’s interdisciplinary programs, including emergency management and homeland security, public safety leadership and administration, and program evaluation.

Overall, Watts College is offering 100 graduate-level classes and 132 undergraduate-level classes during the 2020 summer sessions, which began May 18 and continue through early August.  

Several three-credit courses pertaining directly to understanding and dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic are being offered during 2020 summer sessions. They include: Public Management and Building Leadership Skills in the Context of a Pandemic in the School of Public Affairs (SPA); Criminal Justice Leadership During Unique Events in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice (SCCJ); and Nonprofit Organizational Behavior and Principles of Management in the School of Community Resources and Development (SCRD)

In July, the college will present several one-credit courses in COVID-19-related areas, including: Navigating Grief during COVID-19; Managing Stress during a Pandemic; and How to Lead During Times of Uncertainty: A Last Lecture Series Featuring Five Influential Leaders. These courses will feature some of the top leaders in these respective fields.

All of these courses can be available to current ASU students and to students outside of ASU who are interested in learning more about these timely and important topics.

Learn more: Information on Watts College’s summer offerings. Information on ASU summer sessions.