The department offers 10 to 15 graduate assistantships worth between $10,000-$20,000 for the academic year. Students who are funded for their first year of graduate study normally are re-funded for the summer and fall of their second year of study on a pro-rated basis. Funding is reduced during the second year because the students are not on campus the spring of that year.
Funding is in the form of a tax-exempt scholarship portion that is put in the student’s account to be used for partial tuition payment, and a taxable work stipend for which the student supports the classroom, laboratory or administrative work of the faculty in the department for between 8-15 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters.
Students interested in being considered for an assistantship may apply for such on the same form used for application for admission to the program. An additional two letters of recommendation must accompany the application.
Students who are “leveling,” or taking undergraduate deficiency coursework, are not eligible for an assistantship until the leveling coursework has been completed and the student has been admitted to matriculated status and enrolling full-time in graduate level coursework.