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Graduate Assistant Stipends in Doctoral Level I-O Programs

 Yufan Liu and Paul E. Spector
University of South Florida

In order to determine the current level of support for graduate assistants in American I-O psychology programs, we conducted a survey during October and November 2000. E-mail messages were sent to representatives from 58 doctoral programs in the United States, asking about the amount of their graduate stipend for academic year 20002001, as well as other benefits. The list of schools was taken from the SIOP Web site and supplemented by knowledge of the faculty at our program. Replies were received from 42 schools, for a response rate of 72%. Included in the results were responses from I-O programs at the following universities: University of Connecticut, University of Maryland, University of California at Berkeley, Michigan State University, Temple University University of TennesseeKnoxville, New York University, Rice University, Baruch CollegeCUNY, George Mason University, Auburn University, University of Minnesota, University of Illinois UrbanaChampaign, University of Oklahoma, Pennsylvania State University, Northern Illinois University, Wayne State University, Florida International University, University of Michigan, Ohio University, The George Washington University, Clemson University, Tulane University, Texas A&M University, Old Dominion University, Louisiana State University, Purdue University, Colorado State University, University of South Florida, Central Michigan University, University of Akron, Portland State University, University of Tulsa, North Carolina State University, University of Nebraska at Omaha, University of Houston, University of Georgia, University of Southern Mississippi, University at AlbanySUNY, University of Central Florida, Kansas State University, and Bowling Green State University.

The mean first-year graduate stipend was $10,200 (median=$9,715), and the range was $7,500 to $15,968. Full fee waivers were granted by 32 schools (76%), and the other ten offered partial waivers. Full health insurance was offered at 18 schools (43%), and partial was offered at four. Less common benefits offered by a small number of schools included

  • Pre-doctoral fellowship ($1000) in addition to assistantship
  • A book allowance of $400500 per semester
  • Summer fee waivers
  • Family health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Conference stipend
  • Free on-campus health club membership
  • Half-price for up to 6 credits per term for spouse
  • Free parking


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