It is the goal of the Program to fund every student by graduate assistantships or fellowships throughout the course of graduate study. Tuition is waived for M.S. and Ph.D. students on assistantships and some fellowships. Assistantships also provide access to LSU’s student health insurance plan. Fees are the responsibility of the student. Current graduate tuition and fees are posted at https://www.lsu.edu/bgtplan/Tuition-Fees/fee-schedules.php.
M.S. student stipends are $23,000 for the 9-month academic year. M.S. students are typically supported as teaching assistants for the first academic year of graduate study, then transition to research assistantships with their faculty advisors for the remainder. During summer terms, M.S. students may work as teaching assistants, medical physics assistants, or research assistants.
Ph.D. students are typically supported by a teaching assistantship during the first two years of graduate study; these stipends are $32,000 per calendar year. Subsequent years are typically funded as a research assistant through the faculty advisor’s research grants and contracts. PhD students are encouraged to apply for fellowships from the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship program, the National Institutes of Health, the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, or other sources.