Graduate Funding

Male graduate students in class


The School of Communication at Western Michigan University offers graduate assistantships that provide an annual stipend plus tuition remission. Typically these assistantships may be offered in exchange 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

  • Meet enrollment requirements
  • Regular admission to the School of Communication Master of Arts program
  • Remain in good academic standing

Preferred qualifications

  • An undergraduate degree in communication
  • Instructional or research experience, or a combination of both

Applications are due Feb. 1 previous to the academic year for which you are applying. All assistantship applications will be considered with the review of applications for admission to the graduate program, which provides a competitive stipend of $12,498 plus a tuition waiver of 9 credits per semester. Email applications by Feb. 1 to

Questions about assistantships should be directed to


Thurgood Marshall Fellowship

The Thurgood Marshall Fellowship is a highly competitive award offering 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 deadline for applications is Feb. 15.

School of Communication Honors Fellowship

The School of Communication also offers an honors 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 Graduate Degree Program are not eligible for the honors fellowship.

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