Assistantship duties require up to 20 hours of work per week and usually includes two award amounts: a stipend and a tuition supplement. The tuition supplement is automatically deducted from your tuition charges (all graduate assistants pay the graduate in-state tuition rate). The supplement ranges up to the tuition amount for 9 graduate credits. Stipends range from $2,400 to $10,000 per academic year.
You must have been admitted by the Graduate School as a degree student before being hired as a graduate assistant.
Interested students are encouraged to complete and submit the Assistantship application by February 25 for consideration for the following fall term. Priority consideration will be given to applicants whose admission file is complete (including audition) by February 25.
The School of Music does not offer graduate assistantships during the summer months. Download the application.
Assistantships may be available in:
- Marching Percussion
- Music Education
- Music History
- Piano and Piano Pedagogy
- Theory and Composition
Please note that full-time graduate students, international students and graduate assistants are required to provide proof that they are covered by health insurance before registering for classes. In previous years the USC Graduate School has provided a $500 annual subsidy for graduate assistants who purchase the university health insurance plan for the academic year. 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 $2500 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.