Graduate Assistantships

There are three types of graduate assistantships:

  • Teaching assistant: Duties may include providing instruction in the classroom or other settings, tutoring and mentoring students, and grading tests and assignments.
  • Research assistant: Duties may include conducting research and experiments, analyzing data, presenting findings, and collaborating with others to prepare publications.
  • Staff assistant: Duties may include serving as a resident adviser, counselor, academic adviser, office support or library assistant.

An appointment's classification is determined by the hiring department, Human Resource Services and the dean of the Graduate School.

You must complete and submit an assistantship application (PDF) to the department in which you seek an assistantship.

Eligibility Requirements for Graduate Assistantships

You may be hired as a graduate assistant if you are:

  • Admitted by the Graduate School to a degree-granting program on a regular or conditional basis
  • In good academic standing
  • Enrolled in nine credit hours for the fall and spring, or in six credit hours for the summer (as of the first day of class)

Please note: if you're a graduate assistant in the spring and remain a degree-seeking student, you don't have to enroll in the following summer term in order to maintain your assistantship. You must submit an underload petition.

International Students

If you're an international student on a visa, you must enroll for a minimum of nine hours during the fall and spring semesters.

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