Students can be supported on either Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA) or occasionally through departmental/research assistantships. We also have a number of students who are completing the program on a part-time basis, with their employer's support; or who otherwise are supporting their own studies.
The program has a total of four GTAs available and these awards are highly competitive. Duties of a Teaching Assistant (TA) usually involve grading for elementary statistics courses, holding office hours and providing other computer or project assistance. The stipend for a 2012-2013 GTA is $15,200. These assistantships carry a full tuition waiver for up to 12 credit-hours per semester, but do not cover other fees, in exchange for 20 hours of TA work per week.
In an effort to support more students, we typically offer 0.75 GTA (9 credit hours per semester - the usual full-time load for students in our program and a stipend of $11,400 in exchange for 15 hours of TA work per week) or 0.5 GTA (6 credit hours per semester and a stipend of $7,600 in exchange for 10 hours of TA work per week).
If you wish to be considered for a GTA, you must check the appropriate box on your on-line application. For international students taking the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), scores of at least 100 are required for awarding of a GTA. The Institution Code for test scores for UVM is 3920.