Policy on Graduate Assistantship Funding

Graduate assistantships are awarded on an individual basis according to the needs of the department, professor or project. Graduate assistantships must include a stipend (minimum $1,000 per month for master’s students; doctoral stipends vary by discipline), student health insurance and full tuition. The duration of funding and conditions to maintain the assistantship should be outlined in the student’s letter of award. The number of years or semesters for which these appointments are renewable depends on the department. The university-wide official maximums for this type of university sponsored financial support are typically six years for doctoral students, three for master’s students and four for master of fine arts students.