Financial aid is available in the form of teaching and professional assistantships that are awarded on a competitive basis.
The Doctoral Admissions Committee ranks applicants based on their incoming GPA, their letters of recommendation, their portfolio, and their letter of intent. Continuation of financial aid is contingent on maintaining good standing in the program and successful progress toward completion of the degree.
Students who are awarded departmental funding will receive a maximum of three years of support. Currently, doctoral assistantships at MTSU are 12-month appointments and include a stipend of $14,000 plus tuition remission and require 20 hours of employment per week from the student. In the third year of funding, if students are assigned to a residency on campus, they receive a Residency Fellowship, instead of an assistantship, which is also a 12-month appointment and includes a stipend of $19,000 and tuition remission.
Depending upon the student's needs and wishes, responsibilities may include research, teaching, and/or project management. The higher value of the Residency Fellowship reflects the increased quality and quantity of work expected of residents.
Please note that the Center for Historic Preservation funds additional assistantships and residencies and applicants to the Ph.D. program should be sure to apply simultaneously to both the Department and the CHP for funding.
CHP Application for Academic Support
Graduate Assistantship Information