Financial Support Policies

Conditions for financial support

The following conditions apply to all forms of financial support provided by the university through the Department of Mathematics including fellowships, graduate assistantships, associate instructorships, and fee scholarships.

  1. Your grade point average in Indiana University coursework must not fall below 3.20.
  2. You must complete at least 9 credit hours per semester, including at least 6 credit hours of courses in Mathematics at the graduate level. Optional alternative requirement for students who have completed breadth requirements, minor requirements, and Tier 3: You must complete at least 6 credit hours/semester of M800 or G901 in Mathematics.
  3. If you are a Master degree student, then your Associate Instructorship and fee scholarship support will last for no more than 2 years. (Some Master degree students are later admitted to the Ph.D. program based on a record of academic excellence.
  4. Ph.D. students must pass their Tier 1 exams in Algebra and Analysis by the deadlines specified in their acceptance letter. The Department of Mathematics administers these exams during the week prior to the start of each semester.
  5. Ph.D. students must pass their Tier 2 committee review at the end of their second year to get support for the entire third year. Ph.D.
  6. Students must attempt their Tier 3 Oral Qualifying exam in the beginning of their fourth year or earlier for support in the entire fourth year and pass the Tier 3 by the end of the fourth year for continued support.
  7. Ph.D. students whose native language is not English must pass the TEPAIC exam by the end of their second year.
  8. Ph.D. students must complete the Graduate School 90-hour requirement and all requirements for Ph.D. Candidacy within the first 5 years. (On completing the 90-hour and candidacy requirements, students may take G901 for a very small flat fee: no fee scholarship is needed.)
  9. Your performance of instructional and grading duties must meet departmental standards for responsibility, dependability, punctuality, and respect.
  10. Academic Integrity: All graduate students are expected to maintain the highest standards of academic integrity in their courses as students and as Associate Instructors. Information on the standards and policies for academic integrity at Indiana University can be found in The Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct, Part G. It is the policy of the Department of Mathematics that all incidents of academic misconduct be investigated and reported, with appropriate sanctions imposed.

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