Each year, the department awards a number of 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/or a taxable work stipend for which the student supports the classroom, laboratory or administrative work of the faculty in the department for approx. 5-10 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters of the first year.
Students who are funded for their first year of graduate study typically are re-funded for the summer and fall of their second year of study. Funding is not available to students during spring of the second year because the students are off-campus on externships during that semester.
Assistantships are awarded only to students who are enrolled full-time in graduate level coursework. The graduate program must be completed within two years.