Graduate assistantships are available in the School of Communication and offer an annual stipend plus tuition remission. Typically these assistantships may be for teaching specific introductory courses as an instructor of record or assisting faculty in large lecture courses. Occasionally research assistantships associated with faculty grants are also available. A full time assistantship requires 20 hours of work per week. The minimum enrollment requirement each semester is six graduate credit hours for an assistantship.

Required qualifications:

  • regular admission to the School of Communication M.A. program
  • remaining in good academic standing
  • meeting enrollment requirements

Preferred qualifications:

  • an undergraduate degree in communication
  • instructional and/or research experience

Applications for graduate assistantships may be found online here. Applications are due on February 1st for the following academic year. All assistantship applications will be considered with the review of applications for admission to the graduate program.

Questions about assistantships should be directed to the


Thurgood Marshall Fellowship

The Thurgood Marshall Fellowship is a highly competitive award that offers an annual stipend plus tuition remission for incoming master’s or doctoral level students at WMU. Master’s level fellowships are awarded for one year with the possibility of renewal for a second year. The annual deadline for applications is February 15th. Details can be found here: Thurgood Marshall Fellowship

School of Communication Honor’s Fellowship

The School of Communication offers an Honor’s Fellowship. Two such fellowships in the amount of $3,000 will be awarded each spring to up to two national-caliber applicants to the graduate program, as determined by the rankings of the Graduate Committee, which will take all aspects of each individual’s application package into account in its evaluations.

No separate award application is necessary, although only full-time, regular students will be considered. Part-time students or advanced undergraduates applying to the Accelerated Degree Program are not eligible for the Honor’s Fellowship.

The award is for two years, and can be received in addition to any other funding that the student is offered at WMU.




WMU Graduate Student Research Fund

WMU Graduate Student Travel Fund



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