Most of you guys might be wondering if there is some rocket science behind getting financial aid (teaching assistantships) during the first semester or with admission.
The following are 3 priority orders to get a TA. If you fall into one of these categories, you will get TA, if not, look for other different sources of job/income.
How to get TA
- Priority will be given to students with excellent academic credentials from reputed universities, a strong publication record, high GRE scores, strong support letters, who have already earned an M.S. degree in computer science and demonstrate a genuine wish to pursue a Ph.D. degree.
- Students with excellent academic credentials from reputed universities, high GRE scores, strong support letters, a B.S. degree in computer science and a desire to pursue either an M.S. or a Ph.D. degree. If a student with a B.S. degree expresses interest in the Ph.D. program, the application has to be backed up by strong research participation as an undergraduate (with publications desirable). For students from U.S. universities, a minimum GPA of 3.4, strong GRE scores and support letters are required to be considered for a TA.
- Students who have any CMSC or other prerequisite courses unfulfilled will generally not be admitted with TA support, except for exceptionally qualified students.
The above opportunity to have financial assistance was taken from UMBC Computer Science Graduate Program Handbook. So where do you think your profile will fit in the above 3 orders?