Graduate research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and research fellowships are available on a competitive basis. During the 2016/17 academic year, 43 students are receiving assistantships while several more have been hired directly by the private sector while they complete their studies. Additional assistantships are expected for the 2017/18 academic year.
While admission to the department's graduate program does not guarantee that an assistantship will be available, the majority of students entering the program in the fall who desire an assistantship receive one.
It is recommended that applications for admission for the fall semester by those desiring an assistantship should be made by February 15th. Graduate assistantship decisions are generally made by the first week of March. Spring admission assistantships and fellowships are less common.
CSS PhD Assistantships
The CSS PhD assistantship stipend for the nine-month 2016/17 academic year will be $19,900. Students receive a near-total waiver of tuition and fees, paying only the General Activity Fee of $33.90 per credit hour. Assistantship responsibilities consist of 20 hours per week of either teaching or research duties.
MS Mathematics and MS Statistics Assistantships
The MS Mathematics or MS Statistics assistantship stipend for the nine-month 2016/17 academic year is $16,800. Students receive a near-total waiver of tuition and fees, paying only the General Activity Fee of $33.90 per credit hour. Assistantship responsibilities consist of 20 hours per week of either teaching or research duties.
MS in Data Science
Financial assistance in the form of a graduate teaching assistantship (GTA) or graduate research assistantship (GRA) is uncommon in this program. This is a professional master's degree program designed to be completed in one calendar year to prepare students for immediate entry into careers as professional data scientists, not careers in teaching or academic research. Thus, GTA's and GRA's are available to MSDS students only in very exceptional circumstances.