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Graduate Assistantships

Application Deadline: February 15

The application for admission and all accompanying materials are due to the Graduate School by February 15 for any student applying for an assistantship starting in the fall. This deadline applies to both international and domestic students. (Assistantships are typically awarded for the academic year, starting in the fall.) The application for a graduate assistantship should be sent directly to the Department of Economics - and is due February 15.

  • Assistantships include tuition waivers, but not student fees, and are enough to cover living expenses.
  • Admission to the program does not automatically imply the offer of an assistantship.
  • The average level of students who receive assistantships in Economics:
    • GRE: 680-750 for each category
    • GPA: 3.5
    • TOEFL: above 80 on the internet based test, above 600 on the computer based test, or above 230 on the paper based test 

Assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis to qualified graduate students in both the MA and PhD programs. Students who have been awarded assistantships will usually have their appointments renewed for the period of time that is reasonable to complete their degree requirements. However, renewal is based on evidence of good progress, especially the timely completion of candidacy exams.

Full-time graduate assistants are expected to work 20 hours per week and to register for 9 semester hours of approved economics course work each regular semester.

Graduate assistants are expected to assist faculty with teaching and/or research work. Typical duties involve grading, proctoring exams, holding office hours to tutor students, conducting literature searches, data collection, and empirical estimation using standard computational programs. More advanced students may be assigned the duties of an instructional teaching assistant. This typically involves teaching principles of economics course under the supervision of a faculty member.

In addition to assistantships awarded by the department, minorities and women who are U.S. citizens are eligible for assistantship and fellowships awarded by the Graduate School.


Jeremy Groves 
Director of Graduate Studies 
Zulauf Hall 510
Phone: 815-753-5747

Debra Woolbright
Graduate Secretary 
Zulauf Hall 515
Phone: 815-753-1032