Graduate Student Funding


All Ph.D. and M.S. graduate students are expected to do supervised research during their studies. Most Ph.D. and some M.S. students receive financial assistance from the department and other sources in the form of research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and system administration assistantships. Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs) work with faculty members on externally funded research programs. Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) assist faculty in their teaching duties, usually by grading assignments and teaching recitation sections. Graduate Systems Assistants (GSAs) help administer the shared department computing resources, including the Linux, Mac, and Windows based machines.

All university assistantships include tuition waivers and a competitive stipend.

The Computer Science Department offers a guarantee to provide funding for up to 5 years to Ph.D. students under the following conditions:

  1. Students must be admitted into the Ph.D. program with funding from the Computer Science Department at CSU or prestigious external fellowship funding;

  2. Ph.D. students must make good progress and remain on the standard track defined below.

The department is committed to providing assistantship support throughout a Ph.D. student's studies at CSU. This commitment depends upon a student's progress towards the Ph.D. and is at the discretion of the Dean of the College.

A Ph.D. student is considered on the standard track if the student meets all of the following criteria:

If the student does not already have a masters degree that is directly relevant to computer science, he or she:

If the student already has a masters degree that is directly relevant to computer science, he or she:

Students interested in the MCS, MS, and students not on the standard Ph.D. track are also eligible for funding. Students making research progress in the form of published papers and presentations are typically funded even if they do not have a funding guarantee.

Most graduate students who are offered funding begin as GTAs or GSAs. We feel it is beneficial to our students to begin as GTAs/GSAs because it provides students and faculty the opportunity to become acquainted and allows students to find research topics of interest to them.

Research groups in the department fund several graduate students, and a general overview of research areas in the department can be found at the department research pages. All research areas and groups listed on the research pages fund students. Research projects that are actively seeking to fund graduate students include:

GTAs, GRAs, and GSAs are guaranteed funding for the first two years their graduate program, provided they perform their assistantship duties satisfactorily and make adequate progress toward their degree. Ph.D. students on the standard track are guaranteed funding for their first 5 years in the graduate program. For all GTAs, GRAs, and GSAs, the department strives to provide continued funding through completion of graduate study, provided the student's research is progressing well. The department requires that all students maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA during their studies. Students who fail to maintain this GPA become ineligible for assistantships.

Other sources of funding include: