Admission into the Master’s of Biology program carries no guarantee of financial support. Need-based tuition assistance determined by FASFA filings may be made by the Graduate School. Master's students are eligible to compete for support in the form of Teaching Assistantships (TAs) and Research Assistants (RAs), contingent upon satisfactory progression through the program and the availability of funds. Support typically does not extend beyond 4 semesters.
The Department of Biological Sciences at UNC Charlotte has competitive Teaching Assistantships (TAs) available for full-time students in good standing in the Masters program ($15,000/academic year; increasing to $16,000/academic year upon advancing to candidacy). A standard TA is a competitive award. For entering Masters students, TA awards are based on rankings determined through a combination of GPA and GRE scores, and availibility of funds. For continuing Masters students, TA awards are based on evaluations of teaching performance and satisfactory progress in the program (see Progression Requirements, Deadlines and Forms). A standard TA award normally involves a work load equivalent to the teaching of two labs per week, with associated duties. The student must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 and carry at least 6 hours of course work per semester to qualify for consideration for a TA. Students who need fewer than 6 hours to complete their degree requirements may sign up for the remaining number of credit hours to maintain a TA position.
Several Teaching Assistantships are available for summer sessions (summer TAs), and students may apply for these by contacting the Biology Graduate Coordinator. Salary for summer TAs is awarded in addition to the amount awarded for the fall and spring semesters. Summer TAs do not require that the student be enrolled in summer courses.
A standard TA position is awarded on a semester-by-semester basis for the fall and spring semesters; summer TA positions are awarded separately. Renewal of a TA position is contingent upon satisfactory evaluations of teaching performance and satisfactory progression through the program.
Research Assistantships (RAs) are higly competitive and afford the student full time effort of 40 hrs/wk toward the thesis reaserch. RA awards may be available to Masters students at the discretion of the major advisor and depending upon the funding of research grants. The student must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 and carry at least 6 hours of course work per semester to qualify for a RA. Please contact individual faculty for available RA positions.