The department offers financial assistance in the form of teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and grading assignments. Graduate students employed by the department at the quarter-time level or higher are eligible for graduate tuition waivers. In addition, support from the university may be available to qualified applicants. For more information, see the Graduate School web site.
Regular teaching assistantships are considered half-time positions. For the 2008-2009 academic year, stipends ranged from approximately $13,400 to $14,400 per year. There are two assignments. Teaching assistants assigned to one of the large lecture courses (stat 1200 or stat 1300) meet with three discussion sections per week, grade homework and exams, and hold office hours. Advanced teaching assistants teach their own sections of the business statistics sequence, stat 2500 and stat 3500. With the tuition waiver, the value of these teaching assistantships for non-residents is at least $28,200 per year.
A number of research assistantships are available, generally to advanced graduate students. These include positions with the Social Science Statistics Center, internships with the Missouri Department of Conservation, and research assistantships with individual faculty members supported by grants and contracts. Salaries for advanced full-time research assistantants depend on duties and may range up to $18,000 per year or more.
Graduate students may also apply for positions as graders. It is possible for students with grader positions to qualify as quarter-time teaching assistants and receive the tuition waiver. For more details, contact the statistics department office.