Writing and Rhetoric
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Costs and Financial Aid

Tuition and Fees

Current tuition and fees information is availalbe on the Student Accounts Office website. GMU current assesses a new graduate student fee of $60 — this is not the same as the application fee.

Financial Aid

Most funding for graduate study is at the departmental level. Departments have funds to recruit outstanding applicants, and some faculty support graduate students with external research funding.

Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs)

Students with GRA appointments are expected to support faculty research. Full-time GRAs are expected to work 20 hours per week and can receive up to 12 credits of tuition waiver; half time GRAs, working 10 hours a week, receive up to 6 credits.

We will be working with several different units on campus to secure GRA positions applicable to the work of our program — more information about these opportunities will be disseminated to current students via the program listserv.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs)

The main form of support for our program for full time students comes through teaching assitantships. Students who are awarded a teaching assistantship will have the opportunity to teach ENGH 101 (Composition) and/or ENGH 302 (Advanced Compostion); other advanced writing courses may also be available. Teaching assitantships are either three or four years in duration and require a 1-2 teaching load in the first year and a 2-2 load in subsequent years. Assistantships inlcude a tuition waiver. TAs must register for a minimum of six credit hours per semester.

Students wishing to qualify for a Teaching Assistantship who have not already completed a graduate course in composition pedagogy as part of their previous study will be required to complete the following course before the start date of their assistantship, and to meet all other university and SACS requirements for instructors of record. This course can count as an elective in the primary or secondary concentration.

  • 615 - Proseminar in Composition Instruction 3 credits


Fellowships are monetary awards made to the highest qualified students; a limited number of Presidential Fellowships are available for students in our program.  The Presidential fellowship requires awardees to take three courses per semester and students are not permitted to teach courses as part of the fellowship program.

Employment on Campus

Full-time and part-time employees at George Mason are eligible for partial tuition exemption as a benefit of employment (see below). Students are eligible to apply for wage positions at the university. These positions offer the benefit of allowing the student to work and pursue study at the same location, but do not carry tuition benefits. For more information, see to the Student Wage section of the Human Resources web site.

Sources of Funding for Graduate Study

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