Financial Support

Graduate assistantships

Some of the students in our M.S. program receive financial assistance, usually in the form of research or teaching assistantships. In view of the reasonable cost of living in Tucson, the real income offered by these stipends is relatively high and covers basic costs of living. The assistantships also carry waivers of out-of-state tuition (making tuition the same cost as it is for in-state resident tuition) and health insurance premium (exclusive of dental and eyewear).  All applicants that submit a completed graduate application by the annual February 1st priority deadline for Fall admission for both domestic and international applications are reviewed for assistantships.  There is not a separate application for assistantships in this department.  Graduate assistantships are on a competitive basis and not all admitted students are offered an assistantship.

Tuition waivers

A small number of in-state tuition waivers are available to students with a GPA above 3.4 when offered an assistantship.


A small number of scholarships are available for academically qualified students. Sometimes, a student not awarded an assistantship may be employed by the Department to aid in research work. Students who do not receive assistantships may also hold part-time jobs in other departments or jobs outside the University.