Financial assistance

Financial assistance for PhD 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 beyond the eighth semester requires special approval from the Department of Information Systems doctoral committee and department chair, and will be based on merit and past performance in the program.

Graduate assistantships

All PhD students in the Department of Information Systems receive 50 percent full-time employment appointments as graduate assistants in teaching or research for up to five academic years. The graduate assistantship requires 20 hours of work per week and 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 serve as a teaching instructor or assistant.

Summer research grants

In the first three years of the program, you are eligible to compete for available departmental summer research grants. This is a competitive process that provides funds toward research projects.

Summer teaching

Teaching summer sessions builds classroom skills and may provide additional compensation depending on the specific assignment.

Additional funding sources

Graduate students do not qualify for grants from the state or federal government, however, other options are available that can help you finance your education: