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 2018-2019 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.
“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