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 MA/PhD January 15 and the MFA March 15 deadlines 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*
ItemOhio ResidentNon-Ohio Resident
Full instructional, general, and technology fees+ for 3 semesters$17,892.00$47,100.00
Monthly stipend ($1,835 per month)$16,515.00$16,515.00
TOTAL PACKAGE$32,892.03$62,100.03

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 2018-2019

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 are 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 by viewing the Funded Graduate Students Coverage and the Funded Graduate Student Same-Sex Domestic Partner Coverage on the benefits rates page. The university pays 85% towards insurance costs for all Graduate Associates. Graduate Associates are also covered by Workers Compensation.

Parking

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. The 2016-2017 B permit cost is $483.24. For more information on parking visit the OSU parking website.

Departmental Tickets

Theatre graduate students receive complimentary tickets to the majority of departmental 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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