PhD Tuition and Financing

All students admitted to our PhD program receive a tuition waiver in the form of graduate employment for five years.

Graduate employees (GEs) at the University of Oregon receive the following benefits:

  • A full tuition waiver
  • Waiver of most fees
  • Generous monthly stipend
  • Health insurance
  • Travel support
  • Office space and use of a computer

For students entering with a graduate degree in hand, the stipend is approximately $25,000 for a nine-month period and requires approximately 640 hours of service as a research assistant, teaching assistant, or classroom teacher. Support of an additional $7,000 during the summer months is described below.

Contingent on the student making satisfactory progress, a GE appointment is for the nine-month academic year at the rate of .49 FTE, which is effectively half-time. Possible GE assignments include teaching assistant, research assistant, and/or instructor. PhD students are required to teach four courses during their tenure.

A graduate employment position from the Lundquist College of Business includes the following compensation package:

  • Tuition waiver: Value is $14,364 for Oregon residents and $24,057 for nonresidents for the 2023-2024 academic year
  • Salary: $25,000 for the 2023-2024 academic year
  • Fee subsidy: $2,224 per year. GEs pay remainder: $183
  • Matriculation fee waiver: $470
  • Health insurance that ranks in the top five percent of such plans nationally: For calendar-year coverage, the University of Oregon contributes between $6,669 and $19,067, depending on whether coverage is for a single person or includes partners or children. For an academic year, a student's contributions range from $258 (single) to $728 (family).

Additional scholarships and awards are also available from individual departments. Please contact the specific department-level coordinator for details.

Additional Costs of Attendance

For additional information, the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships provides estimates for cost of attendance information that goes beyond tuition and fees, and includes: living expenses (housing and food), books/supplies/equipment, transportation, and miscellaneous personal expenses. Cost of attendance is the estimated cost to attend the UO for the academic year.

Summer Support

Summer support is guaranteed for four summers, assuming satisfactory academic performance. Support will be $7,000 for summer 2025 and consists of a mix of scholarships and teaching and/or research assistantships, depending on the needs of the college, the department, and student interests. Students will work with their advisor and departmental PhD area coordinator during each academic year to determine their upcoming summer funding option.

Additional Research Funding and Support

Our PhD program also supports students through an innovative $1 million endowment that distributes $35,000 per year to support and reward PhD student research, publishing and teaching. This endowment was made possible by a professor emerit of marketing from the college. Travel support is additionally available to support PhD student attendance at academic conferences and consortia, including covering conference fees and professional memberships if required.

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