Graduate Assistantships

The College understands that financial support can be important to the success of our graduate students. There are opportunities for funding from the University and the departments in the college. Students are encouraged to apply to scholarships from federal agencies and private foundations. College and department financial support is generally prioritized as follows: first PhD students, and next MS students on the thesis track; other MS students should not expect to receive financial support. In order to maintain quality graduate programs, continuation of financial support from semester to semester depends entirely on the all-round performance of the student in course work, assistantship duties, and availability of funds.

Types of Financial support

Graduate Research Assistantships

Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs) are available to M.S. and Ph.D. students. As a GRA you will have the opportunity to join the research of your faculty advisor. Your advisor will assist you with research that may lead to your thesis or dissertation. Availability of GRAs is dependent on faculty research areas and funding/grant status.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships

As a GTA, you will assist a faculty member with an engineering course. GTAs may be expected to assist with course development, delivery, grading, technological support, lab instruction, and other course-related duties. Academic background and familiarity with course content will play a role in selection for GTA positions.


Each of our engineering departments awards graduate scholarships and fellowships made possible by the generosity of donors. These awards allow us to honor the hard work and accomplishments of prospective and continuing engineering students.

Other sources of financial support are:

National scholarships

Graduate School funding opportunities

Office of Student Financial Aid

Department Contacts

Visit the departmental websites or contact the graduate coordinators if you have questions regarding M.S. and Ph.D. programs, admissions requirements and deadlines, and available financial assistance:

Chemical and Bioengineering
Dr. Stephen Knisley,  Chair
Dr. Shamsuddin Ilias, Graduate Program Coordinator
Phone (336) 334-7564

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
Dr. Sameer Hamoush, Chair
Dr. Shoou Yu Chang, Graduate Program Coordinator
Phone: (336) 334-7737

Computational Science and Enginering
Dr. Marwan Bikdash, Director
Phone: (336) 334-7437

Computer Science
Dr. Gerry Dozier, Chair
Dr. Anna Yu, Graduate Program Coordinator
Phone: (336) 334-7245

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dr. John Kelly, Chair
Dr. Jung Kim, Graduate Program Coordinator
Phone: (336) 334-7760

Industrial and Systems Engineering
Dr. Paul Stanfield, Chair
Dr. Eui Park Graduate Program Coordinator
Phone: (336) 334-7780

Mechanical Engineering Department
Dr. Samuel Owusu-Ofori, Chair
Dr. Mannur Sundaresan, Graduate Program Coordinator
Phone: (336) 334-7620