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. 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 2013-2014, GTAs received the following compensation package:
- An academic year stipend of between $12,500 to $16,000
- 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.
The CMU Department of Mathematics has research fellowships available for graduate students. Research fellows do not have any teaching-related duties during the academic year.
In 2013-2014, fellowships provided:
- An academic year stipend of $11,500 to $13,000
- 24 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 in the range of $1,750 to $2,400 with 4 credit hours of tuition waiver
In addition, doctoral researchers/fellows are eligible to receive a summer assistantship that carries a stipend and 4 credit hours of tuition waiver.
Graduate Assistantship and Fellowship Applications
Applications for admission will be automatically considered for available assistantships and fellowships, provided they complete the relevant section of the online application. See Information for Prospective Graduate Students
for more details.
Students who have already been admitted to one of the Department of Mathematics' graduate programs and who are applying for financial assistance should also fill out the online application
Applicants must submit official GRE scores (general, not subject) and three (3) letters of recommendation to be eligible.