TA and RA Eligibility

The Department of Computer Science offers a number of graduate teaching assistantships and research assistantships to students admitted to the MS in Computer Science program. Teaching assistants typically teach lower level courses and/or assist in upper division classes. Research assistants assist faculty with funded research projects. In general Teaching Assistants and Research Assistants have their tuition paid and are paid a stipend.

Please visit the UM Graduate School website more financial information.

To be considered as a candidate for either type of assistantship, a student should have a strong background in computer science (a B.S. degree in computer science or have completed most of the prerequisites or their equivalents). Teaching experience is also desirable for teaching assistants. International students must either have TOEFL scores of at least 580 (paper-based exam), at least 237 (computer-based exam) or at least 92 (internet-based exam); IELTS score of at least 7.0 or the MELAB score of at least 82.

In addition to their salaries, teaching assistants receive a tuition fee waiver (in-state or out-of-state). Other fees charged by the University are not included in the TA fee waiver package. Teaching and research assistants are required to register for 9 credits in Computer Science each semester.

Prospective students who are interested in being considered for a TA should check the appropriate box on their application to the program. Students interested in being considered for an RA should contact the faculty member they might be interested in working with directly.