The University provides graduate assistantships as a means of financial support. They are intended as a way to facilitate a student's progress to degree while providing important professional development.
Students who meet GPA standards can also earn an assistantship in the School of Theatre and Dance. The assistantship provides a stipend to the candidate for working in the scene shop, the prop shop or in selected teaching assignments. Candidates with an assistantship also are given a full tuition waiver for each semester that they are enrolled in the program.
The Scene Design program admits a limited number of students. There are currently four assistantship positions awarded each year.
To be eligible for an assistantship a student must, generally,
be admitted unconditionally as a degree-seeking student into a graduate academic program, or have a minimum of 120 undergraduate hours if in an integrated degree program
be in good-standing
be enrolled full-time (typically at least 9 credit hours during the fall or spring semesters, or at least 6 hours during the summer session).
Graduate assistants receive
monthly wages paid in the form of either a stipend or an hourly wage
a waiver for 100% of tuition during a semester of appointment
a waiver for up to 12 credit hours of tuition for the summer term immediately following a fall or spring appointment