Graduate Program Stipends

Stipends are categorized into two levels, Level I and Level II. Moving from one level to the next isn’t automatic, the student must request the move through the major professor. The request must be made prior to the beginning of a semester. Changes will not be made during the semester and back pay the following semester is not an option if someone forgets to make the requests on time.

Level I

Stipend Amount: $18,277

All M.S. students start at Level I.


Level II

Stipend Amount: $20,682

Advance to Level II after 12 months provided all required undergraduate level courses have been completed. If student has not completed the M.S. program after 2 years at Level II, the assistantship is automatically terminated. Total time for an assistantship Level I and II, however, is 3 years.

Level I

Stipend Amount: $20,682

All Ph.D. students start at Level I. Students with definciencies in undergraduate coursework have 12 months to complete their courses. If required undergraduate level courses are not completed in 12 months, student will go off assistantship until they are completed.


Level II

Stipend Amount: $23,087

Students will be promoted to this level after they have satisfactorily completed their proliminary exams and have no more than 6 hours of classes (excluding Research and Dissertation) remaing on their program of study. If the advisory committee recommends additional courses because of deficiencies identified during the preliminary exams, these courses will be included in the 6 hour limitation. Upon reaching this level, students can remain on an assistantship for no more than 24 months.