Students who are fully admitted to the M.A. program are eligible for teaching assistantships. Assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis and are renewable for a total of two years, with a stipend of $12,000 and a reduction in tuition to one-third of the in-state graduate tuition rate. Beginning M.A. teaching assistants also enroll for credit in the department's teaching practicum, which provides essential training and support for new teachers.
Incoming Ph.D. students are generally offered teaching assistantships, renewable for a total of four years, with a stipend of $14,500. All teaching assistants receive a reduction in tuition to one-third of the in-state graduate tuition rate. Most teaching assistants teach two sections of an introductory writing or literature course each semester.
The background and experience that graduate students gain in the Department of English's teaching assistant program offer tremendous benefits to those pursuing careers in education, business, law or any other field which involves leadership or public speaking. The application form for the teaching assistantship is available as part of the department's application packet or from the USD Graduate School.