The Master’s in Telecommunications Program has a non-standard tuition. Tuition for the 2013-14 academic year is $988 per credit. The tuition rate is the same for all students, regardless of residency or citizenship.
The University also charges mandatory fees for all graduate students. The fee schedule is set according to the number of credits registered. For the 2013-14 academic year, mandatory fees are $403.15 for 1-8 credits and $723 for 9-12 credits. Please consult the Bursar’s Office for more information.
Since the Master's in Telecommunications Program does not normally offer financial support in the form of graduate assistantships, many of our students find assistantships in other units, especially non-academic units, which do not have graduate students. Finding a graduate assistantship is, in many ways, equivalent to finding a job. Therefore, students are strongly encouraged to seek the advice of the Engineering Co-op & Career Services office. At a minimum, consult their Job Search Tips before you begin your GA search. As a graduate student in the Master's in Telecommunications Program, your conduct and performance reflect upon the Program, so we advise the following:
• Comport yourself professionally
• Refrain from mass emails
• Exercise patience
• Exercise appropriate follow-up
There is no centralized posting of all available assistantships on campus, but many are posted on the University Human Resources' Employment Opportunities webpage.
From the Graduate Catalog section Policies for Graduate Assistantships:
The official title of Graduate Assistant (GA) is used in all university documents, but, in general practice, Graduate Assistants are referred to either as Graduate Teaching Assistants (TAs), Graduate Research Assistants (RAs), or Graduate Administrative Assistants (AAs). Additionally, a small number of Graduate Assistants serve as resident life counselors. Qualified graduate students often move between these kinds of appointments during their graduate education.
Graduate Assistants at the University of Maryland, College Park are under the direct supervision of the department, program, or unit that offers the appointment. The department determines the GA's assignment, supervises his or her work, and recommends him or her for reappointment and promotion to various stipend or compensation levels. The department is the primary source of information for the details of the assistantship. Within the department, the GA's work assignment is determined by the Department Chair, the Director of Graduate Studies, any duly appointed executive committees and assistants to the chair, and/or the faculty member assigned to supervise the GA's particular course, laboratory session, or research project. Graduate Administrative Assistants are under the supervision of the heads of the academic or non-academic units in which they work.
A Graduate Assistant must be a registered graduate student in good standing enrolled in a degree program at the University of Maryland, College Park and must be making satisfactory progress toward the degree. Appointments are normally given to those students who have shown superior aptitude in their field of study and who appear likely to render a high quality of service to the university by their teaching or research activities or their administrative work in a unit. Advanced Special Students are not eligible to hold Graduate Assistantships.
Compensation and Stipends
Three categories (called Steps) are currently used for the classification of graduate assistantships. These steps, based on a student's experience and progress toward the degree, determine compensation levels. Graduate Assistants fall into one of the three steps: Step I is only for first-year GAs; Step II is for second-year GAs, as well as for those students, new or continuing, holding a master's degree; and Step III is reserved for doctoral candidates.
The Graduate School sets the minimum stipend level for Step I. Departments and programs determine their own increments for Step II and Step III within guidelines set annually by the Graduate School. All GAs working within a particular step, in a particular unit, should be paid the same assistantship stipend.
TAs must be offered a 9.5-month or 12-month assistantship due to duties and responsibilities occurring after the last day of classes.
Tuition Remission and Mandatory Fees
Graduate Assistants on a full-time appointment (20 hours per week) are eligible for 10 credits of tuition remission in the Fall and Spring semesters and 4 credits in Winter Term. GAs on a half-time appointment (10 hours per week) are eligible for 5 credits of tuition remission in the Fall and Spring semesters and 2 credits in Winter Term. GAs on a full-time 12-month appointment are also eligible for up to 8 credits of tuition remission during Summer; and GAs on a half-time 12-month appointment are eligible for up to 4 credits during Summer.
Tuition remission is credited at the prevailing standard in-state credit hour rate at the time the class is taken. Some programs, such as the MBA [and Master's in Telecommunications], have higher credit hour rates or flat fee pricing. The tuition remission benefit does not cover the difference, which remains the responsibility of the GA.
Tuition remission does not cover Mandatory Fees. Please see the Schedule of Classes [Financials] for a current schedule of Mandatory Fees.