Each year the department awards approximately 10 graduate assistantships for the academic 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 of the first 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 (approximately 10 hours per week during the summer and 5 during the second fall). Funding is not available to students during spring of the second year because the students are off-campus on externships during that semester.
Students requesting an assistantship must provide an additional two letters of recommendation with the application; letters of recommendation for an assistantship must be written by reviewers other than those who provide letters for the application to the program. All assistantship application materials must be submitted by February 1 as part of the application for admission to our program. Assistantship applications are reviewed and students are typically notified by early May of the decisions made by the review committee. Note that due to the length of the review process, assistantship offers are typically made after the student's April 15 decision deadline.
Assistantships are awarded only to students who are enrolled full-time in graduate level coursework. The graduate program must be completed within two years.