James Madison University

M.S. in Communication Sciences & Disorders (Research Focus)

Financial Aid

There are number of different funding opportunities available to a limited number of qualified graduate students. Remember, a student receiving an assistantship or stipend must maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Graduate Assistantships


A limited number of departmental assistantships are available to qualified students. These assistantships provide the student with a taxable stipend of approximately $7,000,* typically payable in twice monthly installments during the academic year, and a tuition scholarship for 9 credits per semester. The student receiving this type of financial aid is required to work 15-20 hours per week within the department. Graduate assistants generally carry an academic load of 10-15 semester hours.

Assistantship Qualifications

All Graduate students are considered for all available departmental funding opportunities. Funding awards are merit based and selected from the degree candidates on the basis of a number of factors some of which are listed below:

  1. Undergraduate and graduate cumulative grade point averages
  2. Undergraduate and graduate major grade point averages
  3. Undergraduate major training experience.
  4. GRE scores