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: Funding support is not available to students in the first semester. For students starting in fall, funding may be available in their second semester (spring). For Students starting in spring, funding may be available in their third semester (spring).  Current stipend is $9,000 for one semester plus a 9 hour tuition waiver. Students are responsible for paying University fees. Funding is conditional on good scholastic standing and available departmental resources.

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.

Qualifications for funding are:

  1. Undergraduate degree and GPA over 3.0
  2. GRE Scores of at least 144 (Quant) and 153 (Verbal). Students with lower GPA and GRE scores may also be accepted to the program.

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).

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.

Qualifications for funding are:

  1. Undergraduate degree and GPA over 3.0
  2. GRE Scores of at least 144 (Quant) and 153 (Verbal). Students with lower GPA and GRE scores may also be accepted to the program.

 

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.