I hope everyone had good weekend. During the weekend, I chatted with a current student from Missouri University of Science and Technology at Rolla.
That student, Harish, was kind enough to send a concise article about his university, the cost of living, etc.
Judging from what he wrote, it looks like international students are very likely to receive either research or teaching assistantship jobs. Thanks to Harish for sending the following helpful information:
This is Harish from Missouri S&T, Rolla. Here are the admission details at the ECE department.
1) Admission criterion
They look for a minimum of 730 in the Quantitative aptitude section of the GRE general test, although no mention of the verbal score is mentioned.
But they are very particular about the AWA section of the GRE wherein they require a score of 4, although 3.5 is the minimum score for a student to be admitted.
With 3.5, they probably look at undergraduate % for admission! I see that people with GRE scores of 1,150-1,200 have been admitted.
2) Research Assistantship
The department of ECE has an excellent funding scenario. To my knowledge almost every Fall’08 student got his/her out-state tuition fee waived (exceptions are always there), although they still have to pay their in-State tuition fees.
The main source of funding is the RA. Students typically approach professors in the areas of interests and if there is a suitable match, they get an RA with a minimum of quarter time, which is 10 hours per week.
They get paid around $700-800 per month in this case.
But in some cases it may so happen that the professor might only waive the out-of-State tuition fee, but might not pay anything.
In that case, the student doesn’t receive anything as stipend but usually they start getting paid from the 2nd semester onward.
3) Teaching Assistantship
This is generally not applicable to students in their first semester as they have to complete a minimum of 1 semester here at Rolla.
During the end of the 1st semester, interested students have to undergo the SPEAK test and they have to clear the same to be considered for a TA.
4) Facts & Figures
Out-State Tuition fee – $8,500 per semester inclusive of $450 towards health insurance
In-State Tuition fee – $3,500 per semester inclusive of $450 towards health insurance
Cost of living expenses – $300-350 per month all inclusive of rent, food expenses, calling cards, electricity, and so on.
I hope this information helps. Please let me know if you do need any further information.