Teaching Assistantships

A teaching assistantship in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering pays a salary and provides a tuition waiver of about 71% of tuition and fees.

Submit a TA application form to apply for Teaching Assistantships in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

Applications may be submitted at any time. Teaching assistantship selection will begin after February 1 for Summer or Fall semester admission, and after October 1 for Spring semester admission.

A teaching assistantship application will be considered only after an applicant has been admitted.

The Department Head selects Teaching Assistants. Openings may arise throughout the months prior to the beginning of classes.


Research Assistantships

Each faculty member selects his/her own Research Assistants (RA). You may email faculty members whose research area is similar to your interests. Alternatively you could choose to submit a RA application form . The list of all current accepted applicants is sent to all faculty from time to time, so that they are aware of your application. Openings may arise throughout the year, as funds become available.

Many computer science graduate students find assistantships in other departments around the campus where their knowledge and skills are needed. However, we do not coordinate opportunities in other departments. Each department has its own assistantship process.

This application applies only to our department. Other departments in the University have their own assistantship process.

Teaching Assistantships for Outstanding New Graduate Students

CSE Department's Graduate Studies Committee will award a few Teaching Assistant (TA) positions to outstanding new graduate students annually.

The TA offer will include financial support for one calendar year beginning in a Fall semester, consisting of about 71% of tuition and fees plus a stipend at the department's current rate for first time teaching assistants.

Renewal for a second academic year (Fall/Spring) as a TA will be based on satisfactory academic progress and satisfactory performance of TA duties.

There will be no further renewals after the second academic year. We expect students to find other financial support for the remainder of their studies, typically a Research Assistant (RA) position.

Financial support decisions will begin March 15 under this competition.

All admitted applicants will be considered.

We recommend that an applicant submit a complete admission application package by February 15.

We have a year-round continuous process for admission decisions, which is completely separate from the process for selection of teaching assistants.

The CSE Department Head will select all other Teaching Assistants, some of whom may be new graduate students. See the application form above.

Information Security Scholarships

The United States government offers scholarships to citizens who want a career as computer security/information assurance professionals employed by the government. The following link has more information about this program at MSU.

Security Scholarship information


Fellowships are awarded by the Bagley College of Engineering to a few Ph.D. students of the college. Applications are submitted by faculty members.