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Graduate Funding

Graduate Assistantships
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.

General Financial Aid
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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SequenceSequence OptionTitleAmountNumber AwardedDescription
General Mass Communications Scholarships Garner Rose O'Brien Halderman Endowed Scholarship$1,000.001This is designated for a fully admitted graduate student enrolled in a concentration offered at the Tampa campus. The scholarship is provided by the Garner, Rose, O’Brien and Halderman families.
General Mass Communications Scholarships John and Jerry Wing Alexander Endowed Scholarship$3,000.0015These scholarships are designated for undergraduate or graduate mass communications students who are enrolled full time and who have demonstrated superior academic performance. Preference is given to students with financial need. Three winners are designated from each School of Mass Communications area : advertising, journalism, public relations, telecommunications, and graduate studies. Each scholarship recipient is identified as an "Alexander Scholar." The scholarships are provided by the estate of John and Geraldine Wing Alexander.