In order to provide opportunity for the student to progress satisfactorily toward the degree objective, graduate appointments will ordinarily be for no more than one-half time and for a maximum of two (2) academic years for M.S. students and three (3) academic years for Ph.D. students. Renewal of graduate appointments for additional time will be based on satisfactory performance in the position and academic performance toward plan of study requirements, as well as availability of positions.

Teaching assistantships (TA) and research assistantships (RA) include a tuition waiver during the semester the student has the assistantship. Normally teaching assistantships are not available in the summer. However, if a student has a teaching assistantship in the spring and the following fall semester, a tuition waiver for the summer is still available to the student.

Contact the graduate program coordinator of this degree for more information about available assistantships.


Teaching Assistant: assist a professor in the planning and delivery of instruction in an undergraduate course. Teaching assistant positions available in 100- through 400- level courses.

Research Assistant: assist a professor with a research project. Typically these projects are applied research projects related to industry, technical, or human resource development environments.