The Department of Criminology, Law and Society funds full-time doctoral students via Graduate Research and Teaching Assistantships.
Doctoral students with Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs) support faculty research. Students receive hands-on experience working closely with faculty to learn the skills of research and evaluation and often interact with practitioners and policy makers.
Doctoral students who receive a Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTAs) support teaching activities in the department. Students may teach sections of undergraduate courses/labs, support instructors teaching large classes, or be involved in tutoring, advising, and curriculum development.
Students with an assistantship are expected to work 20 hours a week during the academic year and typically receive a stipend, tuition credits, and health insurance. The stipend amount and number of tuition credits varies depending on the particular position. Students who hold a GRA/GTA position at Mason must be full-time and may not engage in any other on- or off-campus employment during the academic year without special permission. Assistantships are reserved for doctoral students, but MA students may be offered an assistantship on occasion.