Financial assistance for Ph.D. students is typically provided for four years. Continuation of financial aid is dependent on successfully completing assigned responsibilities as well as making satisfactory progress in the program. Financial support for students who remain in the program after the eighth semester requires special approval from the Department of Information Systems doctoral committee and department chair and will be based on merit and the candidate’s past performance.
Although graduate students do not qualify for grants from the state or federal government, there are other options to help fund your ASU education. Some private donors offer scholarships to graduate students and you can find those in our scholarship search. Federal and private student loans also are available.
Follow the steps to apply for aid to begin the process of acquiring federal student loans. You may also want to contact the Graduate College to find additional scholarships/assistantships and for further assistance.
All doctoral students in the Department of Information Systems receive 50 percent FTE (20 hours per week) appointments as graduate assistants in teaching or research for up to five academic years. The graduate assistantship pays a competitive stipend, a remission of out-of-state tuition (where applicable) and a 100 percent reduction of in-state tuition.
Doctoral students typically serve as teaching instructors or assistants during their first two years and as research assistants during their next two years. A fifth-year doctoral student can serves as a teaching instructor or assistant.
Doctoral students typically try to teach during the summer sessions to build skills in the classroom. A summer teaching position may provide additional compensation depending on the specific assignment.
Summer Research Grants
CIS Doctoral students in the first three years of the program are eligible to compete for summer research grants provided by the department if funding is available. This is a competitive process that helps to provide funding so students can continue on their research projects throughout the summer.