UMD offers departmental and campus wide graduate assistantships that enables students to cut down the cost of tuition for masters programs. The cost is determined by the program you are enrolled in, the number of credits you take per semester, and the number of hours you are required to work a week for that graduate assistantship. Students may also receive a stipend for the year on top of the tuition waiver depending on the assistantship.
Types of Graduate Assistantships
10 hour per week assistantship: The University pays for 5 credit hours per semester.
20 hour per week assistantship: The University pays for 10 credit hours per semester.
Most graduate programs require 9-15 credits per semester if you are going full time. Nine hours is considered full time in graduate school. If you work 20 hours for a graduate assistantship, and your program requires 9 credits per semester, then your graduate assistantship is covering all of your tuition. You are still required to pay student fees each semester. If you work 20 hours a week in a graduate assistantship, and you take 12 credits per semester, then that assistantship covers 10 or your 12 credits. You are only paying for 2 credits out of pocket plus student fees.