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Graduate Assistantships

Assistantship duties require from 10 to 17 hours of work per week and may include both a stipend and a tuition supplement, though a few "stipend only" assistantships are available.  The tuition supplement is automatically deducted from your tuition charges (all graduate assistants pay the graduate in-state tuition rate) and normally covers the cost of tuition up to nine credits per semester.  Stipends range up to $10,000 per academic year, depending on the degree and area of the applicant.  Please see individual links below for more detailed information.

Applicants must be admitted by the Graduate School as a degree student before being offered a Graduate Assistantship position.


For positions beginning in the fall semester, students are strongly encouraged to complete the assistantship application by February 1. Although applications will be accepted after this date, priority will be given to applicants whose admission file is complete (including audition) by February 19. 

Assistantships may be available in:  

Full time graduate students, all graduate assistants, and all international students are required to have health insurance coverage. Students can provide proof of their own coverage or enroll in the university sponsored plan.  More information on the USC sponsored health plan.

Graduate Fellowship Opportunity
At the present time the School of Music offers one named graduate fellowship, The Carroll Taussig Fellowship in Opera, as well as $2,500 fellowship awards in voice, woodwinds, brass, music education and double bass. Smaller fellowship awards are available to music students in all degree programs upon recommendation by the area faculty.  There is no application process for Fellowship Awards. All students who auditioned will be considered.

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