Graduate Assistantship Information for U.S. Students

People seeking admission into our program have the option of also applying for a graduate assistantship. Graduate assistants assist in the instruction of Communication 101 -- the required course in public speaking. A full-time graduate assistant is assigned three sections. As a part of this enrollment, you participate in a training program about the teaching of Communication 101 (typically the week prior to the beginning of the Fall Term) and participate in periodic meetings between the 101 Coordinator and other graduate assistants. Graduate assistants have their own office space and access to computers. In the fall of 2013 the stipend for a graduate assistantship is $15,930 for the academic year (which includes an out-of-state tuition waiver). For the 2014 school year, we will have 5-6 openings for assistantships. Non-resident full-time tuition (9 credits per semester) in 2013 was $8,940 per semester, resident full-time tuition was $4,374 per semester. Thus, a graduate assistant with an out-of-state tuition waiver would save over $9,000 a year on tuition (compared to a student without the out-of-state waiver).

Instructional Assistants: 2 versus 3 Year Option

For students with assistantships, the graduate program in the Division of Communication allows students to declare a 2 or 3 year plan for completing their degree. This option must be declared at the beginning of the graduate student’s first semester of graduate work as an instructional assistant. People with assistantships must take a minimum of 4 graduate credits each semester.
 
2 Year Option
 
Full-time graduate students with assistantships typically enter the program with the intention of completing the degree in 2 years. This means a student’s plan of study would be organized in the following manner:
  • Fall semester 1st year: 9 credits  (i.e. 2 graduate seminars and one “slash” course)
  • Spring semester 1st year: 9 credits
  • Fall semester 2nd year: 6 credits (i.e. one seminar and one slash course, colloquium)
  • Spring semester 2nd year: (6 thesis credits)

3 Year Option

Some graduate students with instructionasl assistantships may decide for individual reasons to complete their degree in 3 years. In order to meet the requirement that a person with an assistantship must be enrolled in a minimum of 4 graduate credits,  the 3 year option results in a student taking 1 additional graduate credit (a total of 32 credits) to complete their degree. A student choosing the 3 year option would have a plan of study which would be organized in the following manner:
  • Fall semester 1st year:  6 credits
  • Spring semester 1st year: 6 credits
  • Fall semester 2nd year: 6 credits
  • Spring semester 2nd year: 6 credits
  • Fall Semester 3rd year: 4 credits (i.e. 3 thesis credits, 1 colloquium credit)
  • Fall semester 3rd year: 4 credits (i.e. 4 thesis credits)

It is important for every graduate student to plan carefully for how they can successfully complete the degree.  If you are unsure of which option is best for you, please be sure to discuss the 2-3 year option for the graduate assistantship with the graduate director.

An important note: All application materials must be submitted by March 1st for full consideration for admission into the program for the fall semester.   People who apply after the March 1st deadline will be considered--but only if there are available openings following the regular acceptance process.  We only accept students into our program during the fall semester.
 
If you have any questions relating to our program, please e-mail Chris Sadler csadler@uwsp.edu or call 715.346.3898.

Graduate Program

  
Nature of the Program
Graduate Assistantship Information for U.S. Students
Emphasis Areas and Career Options
Important Information for Foreign Students
Timeline for Graduate Study
Required Coursework
Admission Packet for U.S. Students
Admissions Pack for Foreign Students
Graduate Faculty
Testimonials