Financial Support

Every student admitted to the PhD Program is eligible to receive financial support in the form of graduate assistantships. The application has questions about financial assistance. Additionally, the Smith School requests that students that believe that they can finance their own education should complete the supplementary application. All applications will be reviewed the same regardless of financial support.

Financial Support is listed as follows:

  • Requires
    • 20 hours a week with assigned doctoral faculty.
    • Satisfactory progress each year toward completing work assignments and completing the degree.
    • Evaluation is done in the spring and end of summer each year.
  • Provides
    • $24,500 for the academic year
    • $8,000 for summer research
    • Tuition remission for up to 10 credits per semester.
    • Eligibility of University-supported health benefits.
    • Research Stipend of $1500 per year.

All students are required to pay the mandatory fees which are regulated by the University of Maryland Bursar’s Office. Mandatory fees are charged on a tiered system of registered credits. Because coursework should be completed in 2 years, students will have to register for the maximum credits and pay the higher mandatory fee tier for 4 semesters. However, in years 3, 4, and 5, students should have completed all coursework and pay the lower tier of fees. International students are required to pay the international student fee each semester, which is set by the International Student and Scholar Service.

The Smith PhD Program operates with the standard tuition rates set by the University of Maryland Bursar’s Office.

Research Stipend: In addition to the salary as a Graduate Assistant, students will have a $1500 research spending ceiling account. This is replenished each year contingent upon satisfactory progress in the program. These funds can be used for research-related purchases and travel costs associated with research and conferences only.

The Smith School PhD Program may offer additional fellowships as part of the above graduate assistantship. Advanced PhD students may also self-nominate for Graduate School awards and fellowships. Additionally, PhD students at the University of Maryland are also encouraged to compete for national awards such as those offered by AACSB, GMAC, AAUW, and private foundations.