Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Director:  Chris Bartlette,

The Department of Music offers a limited number of assistantships that include a stipend of approximately $6,000 to $12,000 per academic year (paid in bi-weekly installments) and a full or partial tuition scholarship.

Graduate assistants must be full-time students and are assigned an assistantship obligation of up to 20 hours per week according to their capabilities and the department's needs. Assignments include teaching individual and class lessons, musicianship classes, accompanying, assisting with ensembles, assisting with courses, supervising listening sessions, or general departmental administrative duties. Notification of an assistantship may be sent at the same time as notification of acceptance into the graduate program, or it may come afterwards.

Applicants may express an interest in being assigned to certain types of duties if they wish; however, we cannot guarantee being able to fulfill this request in some cases. An on-campus interview may be part of the selection procedure for those interested in applying for an assistantship.

Assistantships are usually awarded for one complete school year (August-May), and may be renewed for one additional year. Master's degree candidates are not eligible to receive an assistantship for more than two school years. A student holding an assistantship may not accept additional service obligations without the approval of the department and the Graduate School.

The Clifford D. Clark Diversity Fellowships are available on a competitive basis to students who are a member of a group historically underrepresented in higher education, raised in a single-parent household, a first-generation college student, and/or have a history of overcoming disadvantage. 

Work-Study Graduate Assistantships are available on a competitive basis to students who demonstrate financial need.  The amount awarded depends on the individual student's financial need, the amount of funds made available to the University, and the amount of aid the student may be receiving from other sources.

For more financial information, go to the Graduate School’s Financial Aid and Funding page