Except under the most unusual circumstances, the department does not admit students unless it can fund their education through competitive Graduate Assistantships (GA).

Amount of GA stipend depends on budget considerations and student qualifications.

GA students are also eligible to receive health insurance benefits and are entitled to pay in-state tuition regardless of their residency or immigration status.


Some of the most qualified applicants may also receive money in the form of a fellowship, in addition to the basic stipend. Currently, Texas A&M University also pays the in-state tuition portion to students who are employed as Graduate Assistants.