MPA Financial Assistance
The Department of Political Science has two types of financial assistance available to support graduate study. This includes graduate assistantships and graduate scholarships/fellowships. The application deadline for all department financial assistance is March 1.
Types of Assistantships: The Department of Political Science provides financial aid for assistance with faculty teaching, or research, or both. Specific assignments to teaching or research depend on the needs and abilities of the graduate assistant and the needs of the department. Assistantships must be applied for on a yearly basis.
Selection Criteria: Awards reflect the following criteria:
- Academic performance, promise, and intellectual ability.
- Past performance as a departmental assistant, if applicable.
- Teaching and research needs of the department faculty.
- Financial need.
- Minimum six hour enrollment during term of assistance, under ordinary circumstances.
- Reasonable progress toward Master's degree.
- May not hold another paid full time position
Amount of Assistance: Graduate assistantships involve a stipend, a tuition waiver and fee reductions. The amount of the stipend changes from year to year and may be obtained by contacting the Director of Graduate Studies.
Duties: Graduate assistants are required to work 20 hours per week in support of the research, teaching, and administration of departmental staff. Faculty supervisors are responsible for arranging an equitable correspondence of tenths' assistance and duties, and each graduate assistant is responsible for keeping his or her principal faculty supervisor informed on how this obligation is met.
Supervision: Each assistant is assigned to one or two faculty members, depending on the department's needs and the student's preference. Graduate assistants may be asked to help any member of the department faculty, subject to clearance with the student's principal advisers.
Conditions of Assistantship: All teaching assistants are expected to maintain a 3.0 GPA during the period of appointment and to perform their duties satisfactorily. The department reserves the right to withdraw support if academic performance falls below the 3.0 GPA or if the job performance is not satisfactory.
Renewal of Assistantship: The assistantship is awarded for one academic year. A reapplication is required for each additional year of support.
Application procedure: All materials are due by March 1 to be considered for the following academic year. Besides the materials discussed above for admission to the MPA Program, applicants should submit the following to the Director of Graduate Studies:
- One copy of an application form which is available on the department’s web site.
- A formal cover letter. This letter may also be used to expand on items in the application form and to request financial assistance.
Award Announcement: All applicants will be notified of the department's decisions, and award recipients will be asked to acknowledge acceptance formally. Awards are announced on or about April 15. There are typically no summer term graduate assistantships.
The Department of Political Science also offers a number of scholarships. These vary in terms of the amount of assistance and the exact requirements of each. For current information, please visit the scholarship page on the Department of Political Science website.