The Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse offers three forms of financial assistance to students:
- New and returning MA in WRD students may apply annually for a Graduate Assistantship and/or a Partial Tuition Fellowship.
- Students who have completed eight credits in the program may apply quarterly for Partial Tuition Waivers.
1. Graduate Assistantships (GAs)
Graduate assistantships carry full tuition for up to six graduate-level courses taken for credit towards your degree during the academic year and a stipend of $7500, payable September through May. The award, if renewed, covers a maximum of 12 courses over a two-year period.
WRD GAs work for approximately twenty hours per week, either as tutors in the University Center for Writing-based Learning (UCWbL)
or as assistants to the department, performing duties such as creating content for the graduate newsletter and the department blog
, assisting faculty with research tasks, and helping to plan department-sponsored events. In 2016-17, one of each type of GA position will be open.
Any student who will be enrolled full-time in the MA in WRD for the entire 2016-17 academic year (two courses per quarter in the Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarters) is invited to apply for a GA position.
2. Partial Tuition Fellowships (PTFs)
WRD will offer two Partial Tuition Fellowships in 2016-17. Recipients will receive tuition reimbursement for three courses for the 2016-17 year. Award recipients must be enrolled full-time in the MA
in WRD for the entire 2016-17 academic year (two courses per quarter in
the Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarters). The award, if renewed, covers a maximum of six courses over a two-year period.
How to Apply for a GA or PTF
- Prospective students who wish to be considered for graduate assistantships must submit all of their program application materials to Graduate Admissions by February 15, 2017.
- To be considered for a GA or PTF, all applicants must also send the award application form to the MA in WRD Program Director, Professor Lisa Dush, by February 15, 2017.
- Current students in the MA in WRD must also submit additional materials specified on the award application form, including two recommendation letters, a writing sample, an unofficial transcript, and a statement of purpose. These materials must be sent to Professor Lisa Dush by February 15, 2017.
- Those candidates selected as finalists for GA or PTF awards will be contacted in late March to schedule a telephone interview with Professor Dush. Final award announcements will be made by mid-April.
Any questions regarding Graduate Assistantships should be directed to the MA in WRD Program Director, Professor Lisa Dush
3. Partial Tuition Waivers (PTWs)
Students already enrolled in the MA in WRD may, if they meet the eligibility requirements listed below, apply quarterly for Partial Tuition Waiver (PTW) awards, which reward outstanding academic achievement. PTW awards provide a partial reimbursement for tuition paid for up to two WRD or NMS courses toward the MA in WRD degree in the quarter of application. The exact amount of the award depends on the number of eligible applicants, but it is typically 15-30% of tuition paid per 4-credit course.
Eligibility Requirements for PTWs
- The student has completed at least two courses (8 credits) in the MA in WRD program at the time of application for the award (courses transferred from another program are not eligible);
- The student is enrolled in one or more WRD or NMS classes in the term of application for the award;
- The student's cumulative grade-point average is 3.75 or higher; and
- The student pays tuition and fees without financial assistance from any grant or scholarship agency or employee reimbursement program. Students with student loans remain eligible for PTW awards.
There is no limit to the number of times that an eligible student may apply for and receive a PTW award during their MA degree. Please note that only WRD courses or NMS courses are eligible for PTW reimbursement awards.
To apply for a PTW award, students must complete the application form circulated by the MA in WRD Program Director at the end of week two of each quarter.