All students admitted to the management doctoral program receive a graduate assistantship, typically lasting for the full five years of the program (dependent on continued progress). The assistantship is a critically important part of a doctoral education because it is one of the primary ways in which research and teaching skills are learned.
The assistantship pays a stipend, a remission of out-of-state tuition (where applicable), a 100-percent reduction of in-state tuition during the academic year and basic student health insurance. Graduate assistants are assigned to a faculty member to assist with research and writing work. Regardless of assignment, all first- and second-year graduate assistants are expected to spend 20 hours per week on work determined by their supervising faculty member.
In the third year, graduate assistants are assigned to intensive support of an MBA course taught by a faculty member in addition to their research assignment. This teaching assignment provides substantial exposure to effective MBA teaching while providing support to the course. In subsequent years, graduate assistants are assigned an undergraduate course to teach under the supervision of a faculty course coordinator. During the third and subsequent years, graduate assistants are also expected to spend 10 hours per week on research with their supervising faculty member. Supplemental support is available in the summer in the form of either a research assistantship or through teaching summer courses.
Graduate assistants will be considered for reappointment provided that they continue to make satisfactory progress on program requirements and that they successfully complete teaching and research assignments. Doctoral students may be reappointed up to 10 semesters.
Scholarships and loans
Although graduate students do not qualify for grants from the state or federal government, there are additional 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 are also available.
Follow the steps to apply for aid to begin the process of acquiring federal student loans. You may also want to contact the ASU Graduate College to find additional scholarships and assistantships that you can apply for and for further assistance.