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I wanted to know if Masters with thesis students(for CS) are considered for some sort of funding (through TA/RA/scholarship etc...) in following universities

1) UMass,amherst - (Site does mention about some scholarships but the information is very fuzzy)

2) NYU Courant - (All scholarships are for Citizens of USA, as a international student do I have any chance for TA/RA? )

3)UC Irvine

If anyone can tag someone who can give some information on this colleges for funding with thesis it would be great.

Please tag someone who can give some insightful information.

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The most common ways are TA & RA. Almost impossible to get anything else like fellowship.

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Edulix_Editor Appreciate your prompt reply

Actually in many programs even Masters with thesis students are not considered for RA/TAship.
Only PhD students are given RA/TA.

So I wanted to know if above mentioned colleges (for MSCS) are liberal in givining RA/TAship to thesis student.
As no college website clearly mentions this explicitly

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Again, these things are driven by need from all sides. From department point of view, we depend a lot on TAs to cover Labs and lower class subjects. Newly funded professors always look for good students. If MS students are good, We take them.

In my Lab, almost all 2nd year MS and PhD students are funded. About 25-30% 1st year MS students are funded. In 2nd semester of first year, that number increases. Combination of RA & TA.

Same in UCSD, ASU, UCB, UCLA etc. USC is the only exception.

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This might answer some of your questions: http://www.edulix.com/forum/showthread.php?tid=180269

Most MS students do a 2 year degree, some finish in a year and a half while some take a little more than 2 years, maybe by a semester. For most professors, that is insufficient time to get anything productive out of a student in terms of publications, so do not expect an RA of more than 10 hours. TA's depend purely on availability if there are no PhD students who have already taken these over.
Your best bet is to talk to professors and see where your interests overlap, and convince the professor that you can offer your times worth in helping him with publications/research.

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For Umass Amherst, https://www.cics.umass.edu/admissions/pr...-graduates does shed some light on RA/TAships for different tracks (MS, MS/PhD, PhD).
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Scholarships that are offered through money that the school/department gets from the state/federal government can be disbursed only to US citizens/permanent residents. However, you as a student, can apply for private scholarships, both in the US and outside it. Those are completely different from an RA/TA, which are well explained in Irvin's thread that he's linked to in his post. Also, there is no restriction on RA/TA positions needing to be offered to domestic students only. Coming to TA/RA positions, whether you get one completely depends on a few factors: (1) does the department/professor offering the assistantship have money to spend on TA/RA positions, and for how many positions (many times, TA money comes from the department and RA funding comes from an individual professor/lab/research group), (2) how much competition there is for a limited number of assistantships, in a given semester, (3) how well qualified you are for that assistantship (especially in the case of RA positions), which either requires you to have relevant research experience already, and if not, to work with the researcher or study in a course taught by the researcher, before you are generally considered by an RA position. Keep in mind, that while many (if not most) faculty members highly prefer that their proteges do a thesis under them while doing an RA, doing a thesis is neither mandatory in order to get an RA position, nor is it a guarantee of any sort or a precursor to getting an RA position. I know a lot of people are different universities who were working on a thesis with a researcher, but they didn't get an RA position. Bottom line here is: go for a thesis option only if (a) you're really interested in performing/being involved in original research, and (b) the research topic/project actually interests you. Don't get into a thesis-track program in the hope that you'd get an RA automatically just because you choose to do a thesis (even if you don't think that, I have come across many people over the years who think/have thought on those lines).

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(This post was last modified: 11-21-2017 03:17 AM by The_Observer.)
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