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University
Masters Stipend (academic year)?
PhD Stipend
Annual Tuition (in state)
Annual Tuition (out of state)
International (can they get waivers)
Health InsuranceOther FeesTuition WaiverCost of Living?GRE required?Notes
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Columbia University (E3B department)0$33,122waived?4,322992 (+180 for intl)yesvery highyesMA studens essentially subsidize the Ph.D. program. Kind of awkward when both populations of students take the same classes
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East Carolina University14,000 (16K w/ summer)25,4004,75017,898No2,5882,830some, international students not eligiblelowAs of next year, no GRE for MS degree (Ph.D. program involves multiple Departments so can't #grexit yet)We have a fixed number of out of state tuition waivers, students sometimes decline the insurance coverage in favor of their own. Students can supplement stipend with summer teaching and/or additional support from PI (this is not rare, so really range is 14K-20K. Often students can get NC residency after one year.
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Eastern Michigan University$9,640 Y1; $10,010 Y2n/awaivedwaivedYes$1779 for 12 monthssome, lowlowYesStipends over academic year, $4000 possible summer additionhttps://www.gradschool.unh.edu/pdf/grad_appt_1819.pdf
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Fordham University, Bronx NY$31,060 (including summer) for TAs for 2018/2019 AYwaivedwaivedyes$941 per year (no vision/dental)$866 in 2018/2019 AY; higher for international studentsyeshigh2 tracks - Ecology/Evolution & Cell/Molecular; most students do a coursework MS without a thesis
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Georgia College & State University~10Kwaivedwaivedincluded
~500 per semester
lowyesWe have about 15 TA stipends every semester, and often need students! Almost all students graduate in 2 years. TAs only teach intro non-majors labs (biology and envrionmental science)
https://www.lsu.edu/science/biosci/graduateprogram/biosci.php
https://www.lsu.edu/science/biosci/graduateprogram/prospectivegradstudents.php
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James Madison University~12k in 2016nawaivedwaivednounsurewaived for TAs (teach intro bio labs), or RAslowit was in 2015-16Support was given for 4 semesters, and MS students were typically hired in the summer for temporary departmental jobs, to cover expenses while classes not in session.
http://www.rnr.lsu.edu/academics/grad/grad_assistantships.htm
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Kansas State University27,30027,3007,923n/a1,911None (but tuition is paid by department for TAs and by PI for RAs)https://biology.uoregon.edu/graduate-studies/funding/https://oimb.uoregon.edu/academics/graduate-studies/
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Kent State University (Biological Sciences)$23,000$23000 (+1000 after candidacy)waivedwaivedYes
yes, school covers part, total ~$500 per year
~$10 fees per semester
Yes- either through TAs or paid by supervisor through grantsLowYes
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Louisiana State University, Biological Sciences
~16,40019,440 (plus extra 3,000 for PhD first 4 years)waivedwaivedYes, but "international students rarely admitted to MS program"2,0004,888Tuition waived for all, fees not waived, health insurance costs extraRent ~$500 per month*MS students often admitted as PhD students on paper to increase stipends
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Louisiana State University, Renewable Natural Resources
16,50020,000waivedwaivedYes2,0004,888Tuition waived for all, fees not waived, health insurance costs extraRent ~$500 per month*MS students often admitted as PhD students on paper to increase stipends
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Memorial University (Canada - Biology)$17,500 CAD$19,000 CAD~$3000-$4,500 CAD~$3000-$4,500 CADNo one gets waiversEligible for provincial coverage (incl int)?NolowNoemail faculty to find a good match. In Canada, graduating BSc students usually enter MSc programs. In Canada it is rare to be admitted to a PhD program without an MSc.
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Mississippi State University: Biology / Molecular Biology / Entomology
~16,000~19,000 waivedwaivedYes$1,900tuition paid$500-$1000/month in rent
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Missouri State University, Cell and Molecular Biology
waivedwaived
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Old Dominion University, Oceanography22,000waived??not sure had my ownnoyes500-700/month in rent4 semesters support guaranteed
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San Diego State University$13,668$26k$7,176 full time, $4164 part-time (We all do part-time for six semesters because we can't afford full time)$11,928Included$873/semesterCA residents are eligible for tuition waivers, but not guaranteedVery high (~$800 - 1000/mo per bedroom)yesThesis is substantial, includes proposal (semester 3-4) and defense. Support for six semesters.
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Southeastern Louisiana University~12000waivedwaivedYesCovered by statenoyes~5-600 for a 2BR, not sure if utilities are covered12 mo appt. These are TA numbers, RAs can pay more, PIs can supplement (I supplement my students basically the amount that tax takes out)
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University of Alabama (Biological Sciences)24,00024k pre-quals,25.5k after10800 (waived)n/aYes960Tuition paid for all GTAs, GRAsRent + utilities ~500-700
As of next year, no GRE for MS or PhD (UA graduate school already dropped it, up to individual departments now)Stipend is for 12 months so includes GTA/GRA appointment over summer. Level/teaching is same as entering PhD students, they get $1500 bump after candidacy
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University of Georgia (Ento)varies depending on advisor, TA assignment (~$18k - $25k)varies depending on advisor, TA assignment (~$18k - $25k)waivedwaivedyes, school covers part~$1000+/yearyeslowyesThere isn't a MS specifically in Biology, but related depts. have similar funding for grad students.
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University of Kansas EEB~20K academic year guarenteed+ typically partial summerwaivedwaivedyesyes?yes?yeslow cost of livingfour semesters of support guaranteed, usually 2 semesters RA 2 semesters TA and stipend the same as PhD students
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University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Biology/marine biology
$18,000 academic year for TAswaived for TAswaived for TAs~500/semester yesspeak with faculty first. matching with a research group is very important
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University of New Hampshire18,640 (for TA's in every department)waivedwaivedincluded! (no vision/dental)~$500 per sem~650 (utilities included)18640 for AY, summer is additional 4-12k depending on PI. Also AY rate goes up each year.
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University of Oregon, Oregon Institute of Marine Biology
6,625 per quarter (~26,500 with summer)waivedwaivedYesincluded, WITH vision and dental!NATuition paid for TAs, RAsrent + utilities ~500-700. definitely survivable out on the coast but more challenging if based in Eugene.The Biology Department doesn't guarantee MS funding but OIMB has a solid track record of making it work, though sometimes students have to TA on main campus in Eugene. The insurance coverage for UO graduate students is some of the best in the nation, though the union is currently negotiating a new CBA so it could change in the future.
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University of Rhode Island$17,724 in 201818,080-18,852waivedwaivedIncluded~$800/semesterIf you are a full-time or part-time RA/TA400-700/ month rentdepends on program
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University of South Carolina~22,000 (including summer)8500 (dept. pays it)waivedYes$2200 (some P.I.s pay it)$400 (some P.I.s pay it)Tuition paid for all, out-of-state waiverv. inexpensiveAY funding guaranteed for all admitted grad students, summer is responsibility of P.I.
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University of Southern Maine90005400154001/2 waiver for both in/out state$800-$1200/month for single
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University of Virginia, Environmental Sciences
18600 (+ 6000 for summer)waivedwaivedincludednotuition paida lot about 40% above national averageapply to an advisor, not the program. without contacting an advisor chances are lower
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Viginia Tech
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Virginia Commonwealth University, Biology
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