Graduate Associateships

Graduate associateships, the means by which the Department of Theatre funds the majority of its graduate students, provide a full fee waiver and monthly stipend in exchange for 20 hours of service per week during autumn and spring semesters. Graduate associates who hold their positions for autumn and spring are eligible for a full fee waiver in summer semester. Graduate associates are typically assigned to one of three areas: teaching in undergraduate courses; working in one of our production studios or box office; or working in the Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute.

There is no separate application process for a graduate associateship. Anyone whose admissions application is complete by the department deadlines for applicants who wish to be considered for funding will be considered. Funding decisions are usually based on the number of available graduate associateships for the semester of admission, and the strength of the applicant in relation to the rest of the pool. 

Table 1: Graduate Associate Financial Aid Package*
Item Ohio Resident Non-Ohio Resident
Full instructional and general fees for 3 semesters $17,892 $54,966
Monthly stipend ($1,920 per month) $17,280 $17,280
TOTAL PACKAGE $35,172 $72,246

Funding eligibility:

  • MA students are eligible for a maximum of 2 years
  • MFA students are eligible for a maximum of 3 years
  • PhD students are eligible for a maximum of 4 years

Reappointment: Dependent upon evaluation of performance of duties, progress in degree program, departmental needs, and funding.

*Based on the figures for 2020-21.

NOTE: The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) fee of $13.50 per semester, the student activity fee of $37.50 per semester, the student union fee of $74.40 per semester, and the recreation and physical activity fee of $123 per semester are the responsibility of the student. They are not covered by the departmental fee waiver. These fees can be automatically deducted from the monthly stipend.

Additional Benefits

Health Insurance

Graduate students enrolled for 4 or more credit hours must carry adequate health insurance. The university provides Student Health Insurance at a reasonable cost for those who aren’t covered by another plan.

Graduate Associates are eligible for Student Health Insurance (SHI) or The Ohio State Faculty and Staff Health Plans. Review a comparison of premiums on the student employee benefits page. The university pays 85% of the SHI premium. Graduate Associates are also covered by Workers Compensation.


Graduate Associates are eligible for a Staff ID and may purchase “B” (staff) Parking Permits, which allow you to park in more areas than a “C” (student) permit. For more information on parking visit the CampusParc website.

Department Tickets

Theatre graduate students receive complimentary tickets to the majority of department productions.

Wexner Center Memberships

All Ohio State students receive a free membership to the Wexner Center for the Arts. Membership entitles you to discounts on performing arts and film tickets, free admission to art exhibitions, and invitations to special events at the Wexner Center. For more information visit the Wexner Arts website.

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