Financial Support

All PhD students in good standing are eligible for five years of guaranteed financial support. This support is in the form of graduate teaching or research assistantships or campus fellowships. Financial support includes a tuition waiver. At this time, the University of Missouri is exploring alternative and/or additional processes for the 2016-17 academic year to assist graduate students in the purchase of health insurance. A Task Force ( is exploring our options and recommendations will be forthcoming.

For academic year 2015-2016, pre-masters students will receive $16,095 per academic year and post-masters students will receive $16,917.

The department makes funds available to support thesis and dissertation research and for PhD student travel to make presentations at professional meetings. In addition, about 85% of our PhD students receive at least two months of summer support in activities related to their academic interests. Please note that the cost of living in Columbia compares favorably with most locations throughout the country.