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Graduate Education

Financing Graduate Study

Most graduate students at the University of Wyoming receive financial assistance in the form of Graduate Assistantships. Assistantships require that the student serve as an instructor, reader or laboratory assistant for departmental courses, or perform research for specific projects funded through various off-campus organizations. Stipends vary by program and position, but most assistantships include tuition and fee reductions for all or part of the tuition costs.

Graduate Assistantship Funding

Based on the average of our comparator institutions, UW's tuition and fees are 27 percent lower for in-state and 33 percent lower for out-of-state, while our graduate assistantships remain competitive at an average of 95 percent. The cost of living in Laramie is also typically lower than that of those same institutions.

Total package allowance for graduate assistants:

Masters (Domestic)
Tuition and Fees $6,204.38
Health Insurance $1,130
Stipend $11,349
Total $18,863.38
Masters (International)
Tuition and Fees $6,204.38
Health Insurance $1,125
Stipend $11,349
Total $18,678.38
Doctoral (Domestic)
Tuition and Fees $6,204.38
Health Insurance $1,310
Stipend $15,795
Total $23,309.38
Doctoral (International)
Tuition and Fees $6,204.38
Health Insurance $1,125
Stipend $15,795
Total $23,124.38


Please note that these figures are based on the minimum amounts for one academic year.  Departments may offer a higher stipend amount if funding is available. Students who receive a graduate assistantship will have their tuition figured and paid for at the resident rate.

Please check with your graduate program for graduate assistantship opportunities. You will need to submit an application to be considered for a graduate assistantship award. Further questions can be directed to your prospective graduate program.

Teaching Responsibilities

A UW graduate student teaches geometry

Students awarded an assistantship involving any type of teaching responsibility, including labs, lectures, paper grading, and work with students, are required to successfully complete the Graduate Teaching Orientation introducing principles and issues in college teaching prior to assuming their duties. The University of Wyoming strongly encourages all Graduate Assistants to consult with their departments to define teaching responsibilities prior to attending the teaching orientation.

Departments will have exact dates, times and locations of the orientations.  Failure to satisfactorily attend and complete this teaching seminar may result in the cancellation of the assistantship.   

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