We support our students through a combination of teaching, research and administrative assistantships, tuition waivers, and block grant funds. Teaching and research assistantships are regarded not merely as a form of paid employment but as a vital part of a student’s training to become an academic professional.
All other things being equal, preference for support is given to MA students who have spent less than three years in the program and to PhD students who have spent less than five years in the program.
Incoming students are generally guaranteed a year of full support when they are offered admission.
Continuing students other than Graduate School Fellows (who are offered a multi-year package at the time of their admission) are not guaranteed support, but our department has an extremely strong employment record.