Graduate assistantship opportunities in mass communications are highly competitive. Graduate teaching positions are awarded to applicants who have significant mass media experience (for example, in journalism writing, broadcast technology, public relations writing and graphics), and graduate research positions are awarded to students who have high academic potential.
To hold a graduate assistantship, students must be fully admitted to the mass communications master's degree program, and must be full-time (nine credits per semester) to qualify for the tuition waiver that accompanies the assistantship stipend. International applicants for teaching positions must achieve a minimum score of 50 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE) to qualify for consideration.
Applicants should submit the following information to The Zimmerman School of Advertising & Mass Communications director of graduate studies by March 1 for assistantships in the subsequent Fall and Spring semesters.
- A resume detailing the applicant's education and professional work experience.
- A cover letter describing the types of undergraduate classes the applicant is able to teach, and/or the specific research skills the applicant has mastered.
The Zimmerman School of Advertising & Mass Communications awards numerous scholarships annually. Most of these scholarships have been supplied by non-university organizations and individuals. Applications for these scholarships are available in the spring and are typically due in February. An announement will be made to all graduate students when applications are open.
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The USF Office of Graduate Studies is a great resource for finding additional sources of funding for your graduate education. If you are currently employed, then you should determine if your employer offers tuition reimbursement.
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