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Department of Communication Studies

Funding

Assistantships

K-State Communication Studies invites applications for assistantships in our M.A. program. Assistantships come with a tuition waiver and modest stipend and are awarded competitively.

Graduate assistants (GTAs) serve as the instructor of record for six credit hours of the department’s basic communication course each semester. Students may also apply to serve as speech or debate assistant coaches.

Our department takes seriously its mission to prepare graduate students for teaching and coaching success. Assistants serve as the teacher of record for their sections while learning how to teach in a collaborative, intentional, and supportive environment. This opportunity provides valuable experience for those interested in teaching, coaching, or business careers, as well as those continuing to doctoral programs.

GTAs may enroll in up to 10 hours tuition-free in the fall and spring semesters. GTAs must pay for their books, fees, and living expenses.

Estimated Costs, Graduate Students

GTAs are also eligible to participate in the K-State graduate student health plan.

Assistantships begin in the fall. Assistantships may be renewed for a second academic year.

Students wishing to be considered for a graduate teaching assistantship should indicate their interest on the online Graduate School application.

Federal Financial Aid

Students are encouraged to complete the Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA). Please refer to the Office of Financial Assistance at K-State.

Quick Facts

Degree: Master of Arts in Communication Studies

Credits: 30 required; core courses in social-scientific and rhetorical perspectives

Course Delivery: Face-to-face seminars with some online and hybrid courses available

Thesis, report, and comprehensive exam options available