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Graduate Assistantships

For 2023-2024 half-time (20 hours per week) graduate assistantships in the CS Department, the starting salary is $23,289 for the academic year (fall and spring semester). The first-year stipend rate for 2023-2024 is $23,389 for the academic year (fall and spring semester). Students who are also supported in the summer will receive a yearly salary of $31,390.50. 

Senior PhD students receive stipend increases following completion of specific academic progress milestones:

  1. Satisfactorily completing semester 1-5 requirements
  2. Passing the preliminary examination 

Tuition for graduate assistants is remitted. Fees for incoming graduate assistants in Fall 2023 are about $137 per semester plus a differential fee of $562 per semester. International students pay an additional fee per semester.

The University provides medical insurance for graduate assistants employed at least half-time and their dependents.

The tasks of graduate assistants may include teaching, grading, holding office hours, developing content or software, maintaining systems, or conducting research.

The usual and expected course load for half-time assistants is nine (9) credit hours per semester.  In the summer, graduate assistants are obligated to register for a minimum of three graduate hours during at least one of the summer modules.

During Fall and Spring, employment begins one week before the beginning of classes and ends on the Tuesday following the end of final examinations.

Teaching assistants whose native language is not English must be certified in oral English. See the Oral English Proficiency page for more details.

There are limited summer teaching assistantships available, but support is not guaranteed. Research assistants should speak with their advisor regarding summer support and submit a TA application if an RA is not possible.

Support is contingent upon availability of departmental and faculty funds, departmental need, satisfactory academic progress, and satisfactory performance in all duties assigned.  For students with a PhD degree objective, this includes successfully completing the Core Course Requirement by the end of the fourth semester.

All University fees and tuition are subject to change without notice.



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