Successful PhD applicants are granted financial assistance in the form of a teaching or research assistantship. The funding consists of an annual stipend as well as: tuition and curriculum fee waiver, health insurance, and dental, vision and wellness benefits. The stipend amounts to $25,024 for the 2016-2017 academic year (including summer). Once tuition and curriculum fee waiver, health insurance, and dental, vision and wellness benefits, are included, the total financial package is $41,369 per year. Additional funding is available through the graduate school (see below, “Other Awards – Funding Opportunities from the Graduate School”), in particular through the REAL fellowship which would boost the package by $4,000 per year.
Funding is guaranteed for 4 years conditional on satisfactory progress. Time to completion is between 5-6 years. We make every effort to provide funding for graduate students in their 5th and 6th year. Master’s students may be offered acceptance with or without funding, depending on: a) the teaching assistantship needs of our department for that year, b) our rating of the applicant’s qualifications and promise. Funding would typically include 3 semesters, but would exclude summer.