Department funding is restricted and offered through a competitive process, based on applicant qualifications and program resources. If available, it is usually in the form of a research or teaching assistantship and obtained through a student's advisor.
Assistantships include an hourly wage, a full or partial tuition waiver, and reduced cost health care benefits. See Graduate Assistant Employment for more information on assistantship compensation and benefits.
Admission and Funding Process
The Graduate Admissions Committee reviews each application and notifies applicants of the decision by E-mail. If you meet the basic admission criteria you will be notified you are “admissible” to the program. In order to be formally admitted, you must find an advisor.
If you are admissible, your name is added to a list of applicants looking for an advisor which is circulated to graduate faculty. Faculty interested in advising you will contact you directly to discuss their interest and any availability of financial support. Additionally, if you have one or two specific faculty members with whom you would like to work, you may contact them directly to discuss you background and goals. However, please limit your contact to the few faculty members whose work truly interests you. Note that faculty are happy to hear from applicants who share their research interests, but they may not be in a position to accept new students at this time.
If a faculty member offers to advise you without financial support and you agree to those terms, you must not expect that graduate program funding will become available to you at some later date. Instead, you should seek to secure independent funding for the full duration of your graduate studies.
Advisors and funding are limited, and not guaranteed to all applicants deemed admissible. There is no separate application to be completed for assistantships, or list of current advisee openings or faculty with funding, as these vary according to term and faculty member.
Additional funding opportunities are available at the Graduate School.
International students can also find more information at the International Student and Scholar Services Office.