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Communication & Journalism Department


The University of Wyoming is consistently one of the best values in the country. Additionally, there are a variety of options for funding your COJO Graduate Program experience. One option is the COJO Graduate Teaching Assistantship. COJO GTAs teach public speaking, media writing, or persuasive argumentation.


Please email COJO Graduate Director Dr. Sandy Hsu at if you have any questions about the COJO GTA responsibilities and duties. You must have a complete application file to be considered. Only a few COJO GTAs are available each year, so the assistantships are very competitive.

Please download, complete, and email this document to Dr. Sandy Hsu at if you want to be considered for an assistantship. 

Details about the COJO Assistantships:

  • The COJO Assistantship provides a monthly stipend plus a remission of tuition and fees. Students are responsible for the nominal A&S computer fee.
  • International students can apply for an assistantship, but it requires an exceptional command of English, including previous experience in an American English speaking environment or an English speaking education.
  • In general, graduate assistantships are awarded for one year and those students who successfully fulfill their academic and teaching responsibilities are offered a second year, unless the student receives the assistantship only during the second year of their program.
  • The department does not limit enrollment just to those students who it can support financially. Many students either support themselves or receive assistantships through other programs.
  • Students who begin their graduate program without an assistantship, and are successful in the program, are given priority when assistantships do become available.


Applicants may wish to investigate and pursue other forms of support such as scholarships, loans, part-time work, work-study, or service as a graduate assistant in other programs. Past students have been graduate assistants in the following areas (see list below). If you are interested in pursuing an assistantship in a particular area, please contact that unit directly. 

  • Athletics (Marketing, Academic Support, Media Relations, Video Production, Ticketing)
  • Residence Life and Dining Services
  • Campus Recreation
  • Outdoor Program
  • Wyoming Student Union
  • Campus Activities Center
  • SLCE program
  • Greek Life
  • The Writing Center

However, just because students have received assistantships in the previously mentioned departments does not mean that assistantships are currently available. It is possible that the assistantship is only offered every other year or that the funding for the position no longer exists. Again, please contact the respective unit for more information. 

In addition, a limited amount of financial assistance is available through the Office of Student Financial Aid.


• For information on costs of attendance for graduate students, visit Financing Graduate School.


• For on-campus housing (residence halls or University Apartments), visit Residence Life and Dining Services.

• For off-campus housing, visit the classified ads section of the Laramie newspaper, The Boomerang.

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