What is a graduate assistantship?
Graduate Assistants (GA) are graduate students who receive remuneration for services provided in support of university and department functions. Most GAs perform duties in teaching, research, or administration, and thereby develop career skills under the supervision of university faculty and staff as a means to help pay for their graduate training. A stipend is paid for services provided and in some cases, a tuition scholarship may also be awarded as part of the assistantship.
What are the eligibility requirements?
- Admission with full qualifications (not conditionally)
- Enrolled as a full-time student – minimum 9 graduate credit hours in fall & spring, or one class in any summer session (students in their last semester before graduating need only enroll in the hours needed to complete the degree)
- Good academic standing- minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
- No incomplete (X) grades
- Selection by the department or office
Failure to maintain good academic standing (3.0 cumulative GPA), or meet minimum enrollment requirements (9 credit hours/term), or receiving an incomplete grade will result in the loss of the GA. If during a term a student drops below the minimum credit hour requirement, or terminates the assistantship prior to the end of the semester, any awarded GA tuition scholarship or out-of-state fee waiver will be prorated for only the number of days actually worked during that semester.
What is the process to apply for a Graduate Assistantship?
Each department/office manages the selection of their own graduate assistants and so the process may vary somewhat from department to department. We recommend you start the process as early as possible for the best chance at obtaining these highly sought after opportunities.
- Complete a Graduate Assistantship Application and submit it, along with a resume, to the department or offices in which you are interested in acquiring a position. If you desire, you may also send a copy to the Graduate School to keep on file for others to view.
- Students are responsible for obtaining their own assistantship and should be proactive in seeking an appointment. Make contact with any department or office in which you are interested and inform them that you are seeking a position as a GA.
- Wait to be contacted by departments interested in interviewing you.
Graduate Assistant Policy and Procedure Manual
The Graduate Assistant Policy and Procedure Manual contains important information regarding the student’s responsibilities concerning GA positions.