As a graduate student, you'll have opportunities to apply for financial assistance through graduate assistantships and fellowships offered within the CMU Department of Mathematics as well as the College of Graduate Studies.
In addition to providing financial assistance to help you complete your degree, graduate assistantships and fellowships offer opportunities to develop and enhance your career-related skills.
Graduate teaching assistantships
The CMU Department of Mathematics has graduate teaching assistantships available for students in the M.A., M.A.T. and Ph.D. programs.
Graduate teaching assistantships (GTAs) are appointments that require teaching. Through an assistantship, you'll receive a stipend, tuition scholarship classification, travel accident insurance and special library privileges.
In 2010-2011, GTAs received the following compensation package:
- An academic year stipend of between $10,300 to $19,000
- 20 credit hours of tuition waiver for the academic year (unused hours may be used in the summer)
- Out-of-state tuition waiver
- A summer stipend of between $1,750 and $2,400
GTAs normally teach two sections of Beginning Algebra (MTH 055) or Intermediate Algebra (MTH 105) per semester. Experienced GTAs may ask to, or may be asked to, teach other courses. During the summer session, GTAs normally provide tutoring for students in lower-level mathematics courses or assist a faculty member with a research project.
Graduate teaching assistantships are awarded for one year. Assistantships awarded to students in a master's degree program are renewable for one additional year. Graduate assistants enrolled in a master's program requesting an assistantship beyond two years must compete with new applicants for such awards. Assistantships awarded to doctoral students making satisfactory progress are renewable.
Assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis.
- Click here to complete and submit the online application form for graduate assistantships.
You need to arrange for official transcripts to be sent to the mailing address below. Also, please ask at least three (3) academic and professional references to write letters in support of your application.
- Both transcripts and letters of support should be mailed directly to:
Department of Mathematics
Central Michigan University
Pearce Hall 214
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
- Application deadline is February 15, 2013.
Doctoral research fellowships
The CMU Department of Mathematics has doctoral research fellowships available for students in the Ph.D. program. Doctoral research fellows do not have any teaching-related duties during the academic year.
In 2012-2013, fellowships provided:
- An academic year stipend of $15,500 to $18,000
- A certain amount of credit hours of tuition waiver per academic year
In addition, doctoral researchers/fellows are eligible to receive a summer assistantship that carries a stipend and 4 credit hours of tuition waiver.
Selection and re-appointment policy
Doctoral research fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to students who will be enrolled full-time in the Ph.D. program in mathematics. This fellowship is awarded to students who have completed a master's level degree in mathematics or who have strong mathematical preparation in their undergraduate degree.
During each of the two semesters of the award, recipients of doctoral research fellowships must register for and complete at least 9 graduate semester hours in the courses approved by the CMU Department of Mathematics, and must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis.
- Apply for a fellowship through the College of Graduate Studies. You must submit an official copy of your current GRE score to be eligible.