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,  stipend and participation in student medical insurance plans.

  • For 2020-2021 the academic year stipend is $18,296. Please note that the cost of living in Columbia compares favorably with most locations throughout the country.
  • The tuition waiver covers resident and non-resident tuition fees.  It does not cover mandatory fees and fees for courses taken outside the College of Arts & Science. 
  • Student medical insurance plans are administered through the Graduate School and students are encouraged to review the Graduate School's information on eligibility, enrollment, costs and coverage 

The department provides financial support for students' thesis and dissertation research. All graduate students are eligible for travel awards to present research at professional meetings. 

The majority of our graduate students receive summer support in activities related to their academic interests.

“One of the reasons why I choose Mizzou was because of the opportunity to gain teaching experience.  I especially liked that they had a teaching practicum for students, which allowed for guidance and support throughout my teaching experiences.  Thus far in the program I have had the opportunity to not only teach in the classroom but also online, which I feel will make me more marketable in the future.”   - Melissa Tapia, Cognition & Neuroscience Graduate Student

Melissa Tapia, Cognition & Neuroscience Graduate Student