Financial aid at Marquette is solely based upon the overall merit of the candidate. Generally, aid offered to first year students is in the form of teaching assistantships. Currently, we support 15 teaching assistants and 4 research assistants. These positions are open every year to both new and returning students. Because most of our teaching assistantships support our undergraduate mathematics courses, we typically select students with strong mathematics backgrounds. In selecting new teaching assistants, we examine GRE scores in addition to experience, letters of recommendations, and academic transcripts. For international applicants, we look for a paper-based TOEFL score greater than 620. We consider everyone who applies and meets our expectations regarding academic and English proficiency standards. For the upcoming academic year, the both MSCS program admission and financial aid deadlines are January 15.
Assistantship Tuition Scholarship and Stipend: Merit-based full academic year teaching and research assistantships include both 18 semester hours tuition scholarship in addition to a ten-month stipend.
Teaching Assistants (TAs): TAs function as classroom teachers, lab or quiz instructors, or instructional assistants, e.g., tutors, paper-graders, project helpers, etc. according to the needs of the Department and the qualifications and experience of the assistant. TAs are expected to work an average of 20 hours per week for the Department. Normally, first or second year TAs serve as quiz section instructors - exam/project helpers in a large lecture course like Calculus, Business Math, General Statistics or Introduction to Computer Science. In the third year, after gaining some teaching experience, an assistant may be assigned his/her own one or two sections of a multi-sectioned lower division course.
Research Assistants (RAs): RAs assist the department in conducting research and are expected to perform research-related activity assigned by the faculty member(s) with whom they work. Typically, RAs are selected from the pool of returning students. RAs actual activities are outlined and supervised by the faculty person in charge of the particular research project. The work done by the RA must be directly associated with this research project.
Fellowships: A small number of MSCS students are supported by Schmitt or Raynor Fellowships, awarded in a competition within the Graduate School, or by other awards. A student who holds a fellowship generally has no teaching assignment, and is expected to devote full-time effort to study and research. The department also awards two or three Earl W. Swokowski Fellowships to doctoral candidates each summer, which provide stipends for full-time research for the three summer months and additional funds to support travel to attend conferences and professional meetings.
Since application dates may change without notice, please consult the Graduate School web site for any official deadlines. In the past, the following deadlines have been employed: