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Graduate Assistantships

The primary purpose of a graduate assistantship is to further the graduate student’s professional and/or academic development. While the graduate assistant’s duties may involve some clerical work, the assistantship is expected to be a meaningful learning experience. The graduate assistant’s responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, support of teaching, research, administration, and other professional activities. Efforts will be made to place students in areas related to their own studies.

Graduate Assistants will be awarded a tuition waiver of $500 per graduate credit taken up to their approved academic year waiver maximum ($3,000 – $10,000) with a $5,000 limit per term for fall and spring. Graduate Assistants are expected to work 22 hours for each $500 of tuition waiver they receive in a semester.

Application Process

An application for a graduate assistantship must be filed with the Office of Graduate Studies and will be held on file for one year. Please resubmit an application for each year you wish to obtain an assistantship.

The deadline to apply for an assistantship for the 2024-2025 academic year is August 23, 2024.

There are a limited number of graduate assistantships available; therefore, selection of graduate assistantships is competitive. The selection of graduate assistants is made by the respective departments offering assistantships. The review process begins on May 1st of each year. Supervisors are responsible for contacting those applicants they wish to interview. The selection period is scheduled to run through the summer months, but can extend beyond that time. Contracts cannot be issued until July.

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Only matriculated graduate students in good academic standing with a minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 are eligible for selection as Graduate Assistants. A graduate student may be hired on an annual basis for a maximum of two years.

An international student may apply for an assistantship, provided he or she shows that the cost of education can be supported without relying on tuition waivers.

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