Funding

Note: All financial figures below are approximate and subject to slight increases based upon the new bargaining agreement between FSU and GAU.

MS GIScience:
MS-GIS students are typically self-funded for all or most of the program, and no department funding is guaranteed.  However, when departmental resources allow, we try to provide some form of financial support to our students. Please see below for additional information.

 *For any type of funding support offered ALL students are responsible for paying their own University Fees. Click here for information on Tuition and Fees.

Partial in-state tuition waivers may be available to unfunded students when department resources allow. Partial ​in-state tuition waivers are ​normally decided a few weeks prior to the start of each semester​; and are determined by the availability of department resources and the academic performance of the student in the program. Students will be informed by the department if they are receiving a partial in-state tuition waiver. International and out-of-state students will still be responsible for the out-of-state portion of tuition.

Departmental funding support may be provided to a small number of students in the form of a Teaching Assistantship each Fall or Spring semester; funding is per semester and is not automatically extended to future terms. Students will be informed if they have been selected for a funded Teaching Assistantship by the department a few weeks prior to each semester. These positions are determined based on the student’s academic performance in the program (e.g., GPA close to 4.0), educational and teaching credentials (such as holding a Master’s degree from an accredited university; prior TA experience), and the current teaching needs of the department. Students wishing to be considered for funding should highlight any prior teaching experience in their statement of purpose. For funded students, the current stipend is approximately $9,000 for one semester plus a 9 hour tuition waiver.

Geography Masters:
Full financial support is available for qualified students. Current funding is $18,000 per year for 2 years, plus all a 9 hour tuition waiver. Students are liable for FSU fees. Fully funded students are allowed up to 10 hours per week of outside employment. Funding is conditional on good scholastic standing and available Departmental resources. To qualify for funding you must have an undergraduate degree and a GPA above 3.0.

Geography PhD:
Full financial support is available for qualified students. Funding is $18,000 per year (fall and spring) plus a 9 hour tuition waiver (with a possibility of summer teaching for an additional $2,500). To qualify for funding you must have an undergraduate degree and a GPA above 3.0.

Students are liable for FSU fees. Funding for students with a master’s degree is for 4 years, and 5 years for students without a master’s degree. Funding is conditional on good scholastic standing and available Departmental resources.


Tuition Waivers

Funded students are paid a stipend and a tuition waiver covered by the Department through graduate teaching or research assistantships. These assistantships are NOT tax exempt from the IRS.

Students are required to perform up to 20 hours of work per week for the Department, as well as registering for a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester (Fall & Spring). In return, students receive in-state and/or out-of-state tuition waiver and a stipend of $9,000 for the fall semester and approximately $9,000 for the spring semester. Summer semester funding is available, but is more competitive and pays $2,500. Students are still liable for paying University fees.

Reappointment Letters
A reappointment letter will be sent to each student prior to each semester of their Teaching Assistantship. This letter will outline what your role will be and provide financial estimates on Stipends, Tuition Waivers, and Additional fees to the student. These letters MUST be signed and returned by appropriate deadlines.