At the present time, all doctoral students receive financial support from the department, the college, and/or various external organizations. Our goal is to provide every student admitted to the program with a graduate assistantship and/or a fellowship. The assistantship is usually at a half-time level, although some students may be appointed 1/4 time. A half-time appointment requires that the student be a teaching assistant and/or a research assistant for 20 hours a week. Renewal of financial assistance is contingent on the student making satisfactory progress in the program. Assistantships include a nine-credit hour tuition waiver for each of the fall and spring semesters, a waiver for the out-of-state portion of tuition for non-Michigan residents, and health insurance. The waiver does not include registration fees or other fees.
Financial support is assured for the first three years of the program. Further support is provided subject to the available of financial resources and the candidate making satisfactory, significant progress in the doctoral program.
Fellowship aid is available from the university, the department, and external sources.
For more information about funding sources, visit the MSU Graduate School.