Tuition and Financial Aid

Basic Funding Package

We guarantee 5 years of funding for students making good progress in the program:

  • Full tuition waiver for five years (estimated cost $15,000 for the 2013-14 year)
  • Minimum 9-month stipend of $20,000 in the form of teaching and research assistantships and/or fellowships
  • Summer research fellowships of $5,000 available annually in years 1–4 to those making good academic progress
  • Health insurance fully covered by program
  • Health insurance for spouse and dependents at a reduced rate
  • All student fees paid by program
  • Annual research and teaching supplement of $1,200 (years 1–2) and $1,500 (years 3–5)

Fellowships and Assistants

Funding consists of 50%-time teaching and/or research assistantships that involve approximately 10–20 hours of work per week. Full fellowship funding is also available through Graduate School Fellowship office including new student fellowships, disadvantaged students fellowships, and both Carlson School and Graduate School dissertation-year fellowships.

Research and Teaching Supplements

Each student receives $1,200–$1,500 per year in a RATS account to help defray the costs of research- and teaching-related expenses, such as copying course materials, paying subjects, purchasing software and datasets for research, transcribing research notes, and travel associated with presentations. ($1,200 for the first two years, increasing to $1,500 for the last three years)


Students are responsible for the cost of books, which can cost up to $500/semester.

Student Health Benefit Plan

All PhD students are eligible for the University graduate assistant health and dental insurance plan. We pay the full cost for student insurance which is estimated at $4,000 annually. Reduced-cost health insurance is also available for spouses and dependents.

Student Fees

All student fees are paid by the program and amount to approximately $2,300 domestic or $2,600 international annually.