The University of Massachusetts Amherst offers a fully funded PhD in Computer Science. The College expects that students starting work toward a Ph.D. have a solid undergraduate background and a Master’s level background in Computer Science. The Ph.D. program provides assistantships for students during their first full year and during each academic semester following the first year. The assistantship provides a tuition waiver and a 95% discount on the UMass Amherst health insurance plan. The stipends for the academic year 2019-2020 were $34,850.00 for 12-month appointments.