The department realizes that graduate study is expensive. If you're admitted to the program, you will be considered for a teaching or research assistantship to help meet expenses and, if you plan a career in higher education, to give you valuable experience in the classroom. Most of our doctoral students and about one third of our master's degree students are awarded assistantships.
Many T.A.s are responsible for teaching several lab sections of the Fundamentals of Public Speaking course (COMM 110) required for all university undergraduates.
Graduate assistants receive a stipend and tuition waiver. The number of assistantships and stipends offered changes from year to year depending on department resources. Those wishing to be considered for assistantships must have their application for admission to the program submitted by March 15 for Fall assistantships and October 15 for Spring assistantships.