Financial Support

Ph.D. Financial Support

Applicants accepted into the ADP PhD program are offered financial support. This support can take several forms but frequently takes the form of a teaching assistantship. Below is a sample to illustrate a recent financial support offer, although financial support offers can vary from year to year: 


The Psychology Department at George Mason University is pleased to offer you the following financial support:

  • A total of $23,000 in stipend for which you will be expected to provide 20 hours/week on campus in support of teaching or research during the academic year. This stipend will be provided for each of your first four years in the doctoral program.
  • Your tuition will be covered in accordance with the recommended schedule of classes for your selected program, and university policies.
  • Access to university student conference travel funding.
  • Opportunity to apply for departmental research funding.
  • Upon acceptance of this offer, you may be eligible for University paid health insurance through Aetna Student Health for up to four years, as provided by University policy. Please visit: for information on the eligibility requirements and for further details regarding this subsidy.


Individual faculty members may be able to provide a research assistantship from their research grants to either replace or reduce a student’s teaching assistantship in a given semester or year.


M.A. Financial Support

Although MA students are not guaranteed financial support, they may apply for (and often receive) a variety of teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and/or other employment (e.g., advising) within or outside of the Department. MA students who apply for and receive financial support typically do not receive such assistance until their second year.