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Assistantships and Funding

Graduate research assistantships are available through the Department. The MS research assistantship for the 2017-2018 academic year includes a monthly stipend of $1,500 for two years for students pursuing a thesis option. Exceptional applicants may receive higher stipends upon admission, and may maintain the higher stipend based on their excellent performance in the graduate program. In addition to the stipend, both in-state tuition (maintenance fee) and out-of-state tuition and health insurance are paid by the Department. Students are responsible for paying the Technology, Transportation, Programs & Services, and Facilities fees. For information about these fees, visit the Bursar’s Office website.

Assistantship holders devote 20 hours (half-time) per week to Departmental research or teaching. Assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis and are contingent on the Department budget. Although assistantships can be awarded anytime, they are often awarded on a first come, first serve basis.


For additional information contact Dr. James Larson