College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > Academics > Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse > Student Resources > Graduate Resources > Financial Assistance
The MA in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse offers three forms of financial assistance to students:
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 $8000, 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.
Any student who will be enrolled full-time in the MA in WRD for the entire upcoming academic year (two courses per quarter in the Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarters) is invited to apply for a GA position.
Recipients of Partial Tuition Fellowships receive tuition reimbursement for three courses in an academic year. Award recipients must be enrolled full-time in the MA
in WRD for the entire 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.
Any questions regarding Graduate Assistantships should be directed to the MA in WRD Interim Program Director, Professor Jason Kalin.
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 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.
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 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.Return to the MA in WRD home page.