I-O Graduate Program
The I-O program currently has access to a limited number of assistantships that are awarded to students in our graduate programs each year. Some of these assistantships are competitive and students from every ASU graduate program in Psychology are eligible to apply. These can take the forms of graduate assistantships or research assistantships. Both types pay an hourly wage ($13.50 as of Fall 2013).
Both types of assistantships involve a 17.5 per week commitment to work in the department to which the student is assigned (usually psychology). Students assigned to the I-O program will manage our data collection efforts in the lab, including scheduling, staff management and data management. Some assistantships may also involve grading and course support.
All assistantships carry an in-state tuition waiver. This means that out-of-state students will be charged in-state tuition rates for that year.
If you are interested in applying for one of these positions, follow the steps below:
- On your application you must check the box about graduate assistantships located on EACH recommendation form. Students are automatically considered for both types of assistantships, so there is no need to indicate a preference on the application form.
- In your personal statement, please spend some time commenting on your research background, experience that you have in psychological research, etc. We use a broad-spectrum analysis of your qualifications, not just test scores or GPAs.
- THE EARLIER THE BETTER! The faculty may award these assistantships (especially the research type) as early as March. If you wait, there may not be any left to offer you, regardless of your qualifications.
If you are considering graduate school, you should be commended. An advanced degree can open up a number of doors to you. However, universities are aware that there is considerable expense associated with graduate school, and that unfortunate reality is inevitable. You should realize before you move ahead that money will be tight and college bills will accrue - there is little that can be done about that.
As depressing as that sounds, there are some pieces of advice that we can offer. They may not be worth a semester’s tuition, but they may help to assuage some of the fear about money you may be feeling.
1. Your GPA can make you money. If you have an undergraduate GPA of > 3.40, you are automatically approved for scholarship money (amounts vary by budget year). In addition, you are qualified for in-state tuition. This program is, of course, contingent on available funding, and it is possible that students admitted late in the admission cycle may miss out.
2. Look for assistantships. Even if you are not one of the students awarded an assistantship before the fall term, there may be positions available around campus that you can get after you arrive.
3. Be willing to work while you are in school. Several of our alumni worked part- or full-time as they completed their degrees. Though it requires self- regulation and some late nights, students who are capable of succeeding in graduate school can often carry the extra workload. There is one catch, though - if you have a teaching assistantship during your second year, you cannot work an additional job.
4. Student loans are the cheapest money you can buy. It is true that student loan amounts can build very quickly, but through consolidation and other plans, a large principal amount can be financed for a relatively low monthly payment. Starting salaries in our field often range between $40K and $60K annually, which makes that student loan payment look a lot more manageable.
5. You CAN live on less than $1000 per month! It may not be a barrel of laughs all the time, but San Angelo is an affordable city and students have completed their education here at about that level of income.
So what’s the bottom line? Graduate school is an investment in your future, not merely an expense in the present. All good investments require risk and sacrifice, and your education is no different. It has paid off for many of our alumni, and I know it can for you, too.