Financial Support

Every student admitted to the PhD Program will receive financial support in the form of Graduate Assistantships unless the student has outside financial support that is guaranteed for the duration of the program (minimum 5 years).

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.
    • Eligibility of University-supported health benefits.
    • Research Stipend of $1500 per year.

Students are required to pay the mandatory fees which are regulated by the University of Maryland Bursar’s Office. Currently, the mandatory fees are assessed by a tiered system of credits taken.

Mandatory Fees*

Credits Taken per semester


8 credits (years 3, 4, 5)


10 credits (years 1 and 2)


International Student Fee

*fees are subject to change each academic year.

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 GAs in order to make the financial stipend more competitive. Advanced PhD students may also self-nominate for Graduate School Dissertation 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.