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A limited number of graduate assistantships are available to both MA and PhD students. These are competitive awards and include a full tuition waiver and a monthly stipend. You can apply for an assistantship when you submit your application electronically to the Department of Communication.

First Year Masters Students

Typically, first year MAs will assist a faculty member in research or other duties during the first two full semesters. In their first year, MAs are also required to attend a weekly one-hour course (COMM 7002) designed to enhance their pedagogical skills, determine grading strategies, and handle other responsibilities as the sole instructor for a course.

First Year Doctoral Students

Typically a doctoral student will have teaching experience coming into the program, and thus move immediately into teaching two sessions of public speaking (COMM 2381). In their first year, doctoral GTAs are required to attend a weekly one-hour course (COMM 8002) designed to enhance their pedagogical skills, determine grading strategies, and handle other responsibilities as the sole instructor for a course. Doctoral graduate assistants who have not had teaching experience are also required to take COMM 8002 in their first semester in the program.

Teaching Additional Courses

After passing their comprehensive exams, doctoral students sometimes have the opportunity to teach courses other than COMM 2381.


Email: All faculty and GTAs MUST read their email messages several times a day. All announcements, alerts, and other important memorandums will be distributed via email.

Syllabus: All 2381 instructors are responsible for designing their own syllabus; however, the syllabus should reflect the basic syllabus shell, which contains all mandatory policies, as this is a general education requirement for all students. In addition, copies of the syllabus should be available to the students online (training is provided).

Teaching Resources: Each classroom is equipped with computers, DVD/VHS players, projection screens, and dry erase boards. In the media closets of each classroom are copies of various videos for use in the class. All GTA's must see Ms. Rika Hudson, department secretary, for access to what they need. Furthermore, an access code is needed to operate the copy machine to make exams and necessary handouts; see Ms. Rika Hudson to set up your limited account to use the department copy machine. Other teaching aids may be available (when funds allow), such as stopwatches, grade books, chalk, dry erase markers, etc.; again GTA's will need to see one of the secretaries for current availability of these items. 

For questions about the GA application process or decision making, please contact Dr. Antonio de Velasco, Graduate Studies Coordinator.

For questions about teaching responsibilities, please contact Lori Stallings, Director of the Basic Course.

Introduction to Graduate Programs

MA Program

Apply to the MA Program

PhD Program

Apply to the PhD Program


Calendars and Deadlines

Current Course Descriptions

Current Graduate Students

Ethical Responsibilities


Graduate Faculty

Professional Organizations

UofM Graduate School

UofM Graduate School Application

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