Stipends and Benefits
All students who are admitted to the Pharmaceutical Science Graduate Program receive a stipend, fully paid tuition, and paid health insurance. The source of the stipend may come from Teaching Assistantships, Research Assistantships or Fellowships. There are no separate application forms for these appointments. Your stipend can increase if you are awarded a competitive extramural fellowship. Many of our students receive these nationally competitive awards.
Tuition and fees (both resident and non-resident, with exception of $175.00 health fee and $69.00 recreation fee per semester) are paid for all graduate students who have appointments as teaching or research assistants or fellowships.
Appointment decisions are made by the Director of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Program Committee based on information in your application and letters of recommendation.
Incoming students frequently receive a stipend in the form of a Teaching Assistantship within the Pharmacy professional curriculum. Various types of teaching opportunities are available including lecturing, tutoring, small group discussion leader, pharmacy practice lab assistant, grading and other duties. Assignment to a specific TA position is determined according to the knowledge base or skill level required and past performance. The DGS and the Associate Dean for Educational Advancement make assignments prior to the semester.
Many of these assignments provide the graduate student with opportunities to observe and develop their own teaching skills. To that end a course is offered within the College as an introduction to teaching methodology and strategies.
Duties and responsibilities of a TA are taken very seriously. The TA is an extension of the faculty and is expected to act as a role model for our professional students. Scheduling of research activities, committee meetings and other activities should not conflict with assigned TA duties.
Beyond the first year, most graduate students will receive a stipend in the form of a Research Assistantship. Each student's faculty advisor largely determines responsibilities for the Research Assistant. As with the TA, satisfactory academic progress in the graduate program must be maintained in order to retain stipend support.