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 and stipend. For 2019-2020 the academic year stipend is $18,026. Please note that the cost of living in Columbia compares favorably with most locations throughout the country.

The University of Missouri will offer its  Student Health Insurance Plans  to all graduate students, including those who receive stipends (e.g., graduate assistants and teaching assistants) under existing eligibility rules. The university has no plans to eliminate its SHIP or alter its enrollment rules to exclude any graduate students presently eligible for 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. In addition, the majority of our graduate students receive summer support in activities related to their academic interests.

Melissa Tapia

“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

Laura Hatz

Laura Hatz earned an NIH F31 NRSA award for her research on “Mathematical Modeling of Intoxicated Risky Decision Making.”  This work will be funded by NIAAA.  Laura is a graduate student in the clinical training area and will be co-mentored by Denis McCarthy and Clint Davis-Stober