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Teaching assistantships (GTAs) are available each year on a competitive basis. The program has a set number of teaching assistantships for every semester.
- Teaching assistants at the M.A. level work under the supervision of a faculty member or instructor, and assist in the workload required to teach sociology courses.
- At the Ph.D. level, teaching assistants are typically assigned to teach sections of Introduction to Sociology.
- Advanced Ph.D. students who prove to be good teachers may be assigned to other courses, depending on departmental needs.
Research assistantships (GRAs) are contingent on external funding for faculty members and may or may not be available in a given year.
Research assistants at both the M.A. and Ph.D. levels are assigned to specific research projects and work directly under the supervision of the principal investigator responsible for the project.
Graduate assistantships details
Assistantships generally provide a stipend to cover student living expenses and tuition waiver for up to 10 credit hours per semester. Students on assistantships must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester.
Health insurance is also available at a moderate cost to the student. According to Kansas regulations, international students appointed as GTAs or GRAs must have health insurance coverage.
Assistantships are generally provided for the academic year; therefore, students joining the program in the Spring semester are not eligible for regular assistantships in that first semester. M.A. students are eligible for departmental funding for two years, while Ph.D. students can expect such funding for three years, contingent on satisfactory progress and available resources.