Graduate Financial Aid
Admission and financial support decisions are made separately. Some students are admitted to the program without financial support from the department. Students with strong credentials frequently qualify for graduate assistantships.
Research assistantships/fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis. Assistantships involve quarter or half-time employment in a research or teaching activity that provides useful experience to the student. Stipends for 2011-12 are $18,810 and $21,314 respectively, for one-half time M.S. and Ph.D. assistants employed on twelve-month contracts. All assistantships carry a tuition waiver. Over the last several years, departmental and extramural grants have been able to support about one-half of the graduate student body.