Graduate Student Funding Opportunities
The Graduate Program in mechanical engineering at Colorado State University recognizes the importance of practical experience in teaching and research. Accordingly, the majority of our resident M.S. and Ph.D. students are supported by graduate teaching assistantships (GTA), graduate research assistantships (GRA), or fellowships. The financial support provided typically includes full coverage of tuition along with a monthly stipend. Your application to the mechanical engineering graduate program also serves as your application for teaching/research assistantships for your first academic year.
To increase your chances of obtaining a GTA or GRA, it is strongly encouraged that you contact faculty members that perform research in your interest area to determine if your skills and interests match their needs in their research programs.
Typically, we do not provide GTA or GRA funding to students seeking a Master of Engineering (coursework only) degree. You may still be eligible for institutional and federal financial aid depending on your income and the amount of credits you are enrolled in.
What Types of Financial Support Are Available?
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. You will be assigned a project and 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. Tuition and a monthly stipend are typically provided.
Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs) are available each year. As a GTA, you will assist a core faculty member with a mechanical 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. Tuition and a monthly stipend are typically provided.