Financial Assistance

All admitted applicants for the Department of Communication Studies graduate program are considered for financial assistance, so no additional application materials are necessary.  Admitted students are notified by the department if they have been awarded financial assistance during the admissions process. Due to limited funds and the large number of students who are eligible for funding, competition for departmental funding is great. Students are encouraged to also seek assistance via the University with the Office of Student Financial Services.


Funding refers to student employment as a Teaching Assistant (TA) or Assistant Instructor (AI). Admitted students are offered funding during the admissions process and the offers are based on the strength of their overall application. No separate funding application materials are needed

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Fellowships may be awarded to both incoming and currently enrolled graduate students.  Incoming students are awarded fellowships based on the strength of their admissions application.  Selection of continuing fellowship recipients is based on the student's performance since the student entered the Graduate School.

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National Fellowship Opportunities

In addition to the above financial assistance, graduate students are encouraged to apply for fellowships or grants from national, international, industrial or foundation sources.

Teaching Assistant and Assistant Instructor Policies

Hiring Policy

A decision to hire a graduate student as a teaching assistant or assistant instructor is complex, requiring consideration of many factors. 

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Course Appointment Policy

Communication Studies Department graduate students can be funded in two ways, either as multi-semester commitment or on a semester-by-semester basis.

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Summer Hiring Policy

The primary criterion is to further the educational mission of the Department. Graduate students who can teach or assist with courses that need to be taught receive the highest priority.

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