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Teaching Opportunities

A limited number of teaching assistantships are sometimes available for MA students in the Communication Department. Being a TA typically involves around 6-8h a week of work for the 16-week semester. For running a weekly recitation (discussion) section or being a grader for a large course, the pay in 2019 was around $2,100 per semester. Some TAs run their own courses (typically introductory public speaking), which paid around $3,200 per semester in 2019. Teaching assistant positions do not include benefits or a tuition waiver and students can only teach a maximum of 2 sections per semester. If you are an applicant and are interested in a TA position, please include that request in your statement of purpose and discuss your interest with the DGS if possible.

Although every effort will be made to provide teaching opportunities for MA students, they are not guaranteed and are dependent on the instructional needs of the Department. The graduate program committee meets regularly to make TA assignments based on the requirements and procedures outlined below.

  • Minimum Requirements
    • BA in Communication or related field
    • Demonstrated academic achievement and maintenance of satisfactory progress toward completion of the degree, including receiving an A or A- in all CU Denver Communication classes
    • Attendance at training workshops, pedagogy meetings, and orientation sessions
  • Application Procedures
    • An indication of interest and qualifications for teaching assistantships should be included in the cover letter of the application materials.
  • Selection of TAs
    • Criteria used in selecting from among the eligible applicants include: seniority in the program, academic achievement, and prior experience related to course content areas. Preference will be given to TAs with prior teaching experience. However, teaching assignments will generally be limited to no more than two years. The committee also strives to designate at least one slot for an incoming teaching assistant each year.

Loans and scholarships

Please visit the Graduate School's financial aid page for more information about loans, scholarships, and work-study. There is also some funding available for study abroad.

Graduate Grants for Colorado Residents

Need-based financial aid is available to graduate students in the form of Colorado Graduate Grants through CU Denver's Financial Aid office. To be eligible for a graduate grant, students must:

  • Complete a financial aid application though the Financial Aid office by February 1 (submitting the application as soon after Jan. 1 as possible is recommended)
  • Be a Colorado resident
  • Register for a minimum of four credit hours of coursework
  • Have a Pell-grant-eligible estimated family contribution

For more information, call the Financial Aid and Scholarship office: 303-315-1850.

Western Regional Graduate Program

Students who maintain residency in particular western states may qualify for Colorado in-state tuition through the Western Regional Graduate Program.

map of WRGP member states

Merit-based Tuition Scholarships

The Graduate School at University of Colorado Denver provides merit-based partial tuition scholarships to a limited number of incoming graduate program applicants. Graduate Programs submit nominations of student applicants to the Graduate School. If you have a high GPA (>3.6 out-of-state or >3.8 in-state) and would like to be considered for a scholarship, please discuss this with the DGS.

Travel Funds

Graduate students who present papers at out-of-state conferences approved by the Department Chair are eligible for travel funds each academic year, subject to the availability of funds.

The Graduate School often matches funds from the department to further defray the cost of travel to conferences. 

The National Communication Association (NCA) offers travel grants for students of color who have papers or panels accepted for an NCA convention. Grants in the range of $250 are awarded to students who need financial assistance to attend the convention and whose departmental or university funding is insufficient to cover the costs. Nominations of students should be made by faculty and should include a letter of support from the department chair, which should verify that the nominee is a student and that the funding available from the department or the university will not cover the student's convention costs. The deadline for nominations is typically in early October. For more information, contact the National Communication Association: www.natcom.org.