Graduate Assistantships for up to two years are available on a competitive basis to students admitted to the sociology master’s degree program. Appointments are usually made on a yearly basis. To date, most incoming graduate students are awarded assistantships.
International applicants who wish to apply for a graduate teaching assistantship must have a score of at least 23 on the TOEFL iBT, receive a passing score on the Test of Spoken English (TSE) and submit the results, or be evaluated on campus prior to instructional assignment.
Continuing graduate students must reapply for a graduate assistantship after their first-year’s appointment as a graduate assistant.
Tuition Waiver Awards
Students who do not wish to apply for a graduate assistantship may apply for a Graduate Tuition Waiver Award. These awards are given on a competitive basis to new students who have not been awarded a graduate assistantship or to continuing students who have a minimum 3.00 GPA and who are making good progress toward their master’s degree. The Graduate Tuition Waiver Award may cover all or part of a graduate student’s semester tuition costs. Due to the limited funds, Graduate Tuition Waiver applications are awarded on the following criteria:
Tuition Waiver Applications are due from students August 20 (fall), January 20 (spring), and May 20 (summer).
The completed application should be sent prior to or early in the semester for which a student is applying for the award. Submit application to:
Dr. Michael Dougherty
Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Campus Box 4660
Illinois State University
Normal, IL 61790-4660
Other financial resources are available on campus. For example, many university administrative units offer graduate assistantships. In addition, there are scholarships and fellowships for graduate students and tuition waivers for minority graduate students and international students.