MS/PhD Funding and Expenses

Typically, an MS or PhD student enters Thayer School with full support on either a Graduate Research Assistantship or a Fellowship. Faculty research interests are listed on the faculty profile pages.

Graduate Research Assistantships and Stipends 2017–2018

Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs), funded by contract research, are available to well-qualified candidates enrolled in degree programs with thesis requirements. Most MS and PhD funding includes full tuition cost coverage plus a monthly stipend. GRAs also include health care coverage for those who opt for college insurance.

Graduate research assistants may enroll in no more than two non-research courses in fall, winter, and spring terms. With the permission of the faculty advisor, enrollment in one non-research course is permitted in the summer term.

Graduate research assistants are expected to devote 20 hours per week to research when enrolled in two non-research courses, 30 hours per week when enrolled in one, and essentially full time between terms and when enrolled only for research. They are expected to be in residence full time, including between terms.

Since graduate research assistants are not regular employees of Dartmouth College, they do not earn vacation time per se. They may anticipate one-half week of time off for each academic term of appointment, to be arranged with their faculty advisor.

Although responsibilities are defined in terms of hours per week, the emphasis is on the quality of the student's performance. Continuation of any appointment into succeeding terms is conditional upon satisfactory performance and progress toward degree requirements.

Students who accept Graduate Research Assistantships may not engage in any additional employment outside or inside Thayer School without prior approval of the director of the M.S. and Ph.D. programs. Such employment is usually limited to 10-12 hours per week.

Tuition and Expenses

Tuition for the 2017–2018 academic year, covered by the GRA, is $17,156 per term, which includes instruction, insurance coverage, use of instructional facilities, and healthcare service through the College infirmary. Books, room, board, and incidentals are the responsibility of the student.