A limited number of opportunities are available for students in the form of part-time employment while pursuing MS or PhD degrees. These opportunities are in the form of teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and biweekly payroll assignments. Reappointment is based on continued progress towards the degree. The expectation is that support will be terminated after two years for MS students and three years for PhD students.
Assistantships are awarded only to students who have exhibited a high level of scholarly achievement. This is done to ensure that the student can complete a rigorous and high-quality graduate program while carrying out the responsibilities inherent to an assistantship. Assistantships are part-time employment and differ from scholarships or fellowships awarded solely based on merit, allowing students to focus on their courses and research project. Students who receive assistantships or biweekly payroll assignments are expected to exhibit the same degree of commitment, responsibility, and accountability as any other staff member employed by the University. Continuation of part-time employment is contingent upon adequate progress in the degree program, as described in the Evaluation section.
The department assumes that any student on assistantship will have no other employment outside the University.