Graduate Programs in Optical Science and Engineering
Tuition Funding and Assistantship Support
PhD Program Financial Support
Admitted, well-qualified Ph.D. students are commonly offered a teaching assistantship (TA) with a stipend of $23,050 the first year ($9,275 fall + $9,275 spring + $4,500 Summer). Optical Science and Engineering Ph.D. students with assistantships are eligible to receive the Graduate School's Graduate Assistant Support Plan (GASP) benefits package which covers the cost of tuition and health insurance for up to 5 years. Student fees are not covered by GASP and are the responsibility of the student. Ph.D. students typically transition, about a year into the program, from the TA to a research assistantship (RA) with a faculty member who advises and mentors the student’s research and progress toward their doctoral degree. Once a student transitions from the TA to an RA, grant funding often covers the cost of student fees.
MS Program Financial Support
Admitted, well-qualified MS students are commonly offered a teaching assistantship (TA) with a stipend of $14,000 to $16,250 the first year ($7,000 fall + $7,000 spring, with an additional $2,250 for a summer session also possible). Optical Science and Engineering MS students with assistantships are eligible to receive the Graduate School's Master's Merit Award, which pays $4,000 per year for two years for residents or $8,000 per year for two years for non-residents toward tuition costs. After their first year, MS students pursuing a Master’s Degree with-thesis may take the opportunity to transition from the TA position to a Research Assistantship (RA) position with a faculty member who will mentor their research and guide their thesis writing and development as the student progresses toward earning their Master’s Degree. Students pursuing a non-thesis Master’s Degree may have the opportunity to continue as a TA for an additional year.