Assistantships and Scholarships for Graduate Students

If you’re enrolling in a graduate program, we have a number of ways to help ease the cost of your education. In particular, assistantships offer tuition waivers and generous stipends in return for work within the Department of Journalism. You might also qualify for scholarships targeted specifically for graduate students.

We typically offer six to 10 assistantships each academic year. Recipients enjoy a waiver of tuition (with the exception of certain student service fees) and a stipend that in recent years has averaged approximately $7,000. Recipients are expected to work at least 20 hours a week. These assistantships generally do not carry teaching assignments.

In addition to the departmental assistantships, The Ball State Daily News student newspaper typically offers two assistantships, one in advertising and one in information-systems support. Also, other university departments and agencies often recruit graduate assistants who are journalism or public relations majors.

Apply by March 1 for the following academic year by submitting an assistantship application along with all other materials required for admission to the graduate program. Assistantship awards are based on academic achievement as well as previous experience in journalism or public relations.

The $1000 Paul Allen Bennett Scholarship goes to a master’s degree student in public relations. In addition, we award a Graduate Student Scholarship of $600 annually to a returning graduate student in journalism or public relations. Applications for both scholarships are due in early February. Check with the department for details.

Department of Journalism
Art and Journalism Building (AJ), room 300
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Phone: 765-285-8200
Fax: 765-285-7997
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