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Master of Liberal Arts

Graduate Assistantships and Scholarships

Assistantships
The University offers a number of assistantships for both full-time and part-time graduate students who have been admitted to a graduate program. Full-time graduate assistants must pursue at least nine hours of graduate work for credit in a regular semester. Part-time graduate assistants must pursue at least six hours of graduate work for credit in a regular semester. Full-time assistants receive a full tuition waiver for graduate courses. Part-time assistants receive a full tuition waiver for a maximum of six hours of graduate courses. Only students with acceptable academic records may be appointed to graduate assistantships.

Applicants should consult with the MLA Director about the availability of assistantships and then submit a letter of application with resume. If approved, graduate assistants will then complete paperwork for tuition waivers and hourly rates of pay.  Stipends for graduate assistants may vary depending on the graduate program offering the assistantship and the service rendered.

MLA graduate assistants typically support the program by working in the foreign language lab or university writing center. Other positions involve research or classroom support for faculty members.

Reappointment of a graduate assistantship is contingent upon eligibility for continued graduate enrollment and satisfactory performance of duties.

Scholarships

Allena J. Longfellow Scholarship

  • Available to MLA students only on the basis of academic merit, character, and need
  • Award value: $400-$600 per award, up to $1,000 per year
  • Applicants should have completed at least one core course and be fully admitted to the MLA; should have a GPA of 3.5 or better; and should have demonstrated service to the community, the university, or the MLA.
  • Recipient Selection: Application to the Director of MLA via a typed letter by February 15 for consideration. 
  • Funding Source: Sponsored by family of Mrs. Allena J. Longfellow.

Cory Katherine Hiers MLA Endowed Scholarship

  • Award value: $400 per year; varies according to endowment income
  • Number Awarded: one per year
  • Selection Criteria: Students in the MLA program with a GPA of 3.5 or better. Applicants should have completed at least one core course and be fully admitted to the MLA program.
  • Recipient Selection: The director of the MLA program in consultation with the Dean of Liberal Arts

Graduate Scholarship for High School Teachers
A limited number of scholarships are available for high school teachers who are entering or returning to graduate studies to expand their content knowledge, improve their teaching skills, and become specialists in their disciplines. Examples of situations that this program responds to include: teachers who are good teachers, but lack a master's degree; teachers who have a master's, but need additional graduate content in a given discipline; and teachers needing exposure to current developments in their discipline.