Graduate Student Assistantships
The full-time graduate assistantship for matriculated students provides a tuition waiver for nine graduate credits each semester in an academic program of study that culminates in a graduate degree and a minimum stipend of $2000 per year (Fall and Spring semesters). In return for the tuition waiver and the stipend, the graduate assistant agrees to enroll for a minimum course load of nine credits per semester, maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.25, and carry out work assignments in an academic or administrative department of the University for up to a maximum of 20 hours per week for the term of the assistantship.
Some graduate programs, through special grants and program resources, have need for Graduate Research Assistants and/or Graduate Laboratory Assistants. These full-time assistantships, when available, require special skills and award stipends of up to $8,000 in addition to tuition waivers. Call, e-mail or write the Graduate Admissions Office for further information about the availability of these assistantships.
Term of the Assistantship
A graduate assistantship is awarded from August through May of the succeeding year; however, the assistantship essentially follows the academic year, i.e., from the first day of the fall semester through the final day of the spring semester. During this period, the full-time graduate assistant is expected to work 20 hours per week.
Normally, the graduate assistantship is awarded for one year only, however, under certain circumstances, the assistantship may be renewed for an additional year. In such cases, the graduate assistant must meet all of the following conditions: (a) must demonstrate acceptable academic and work records, (b) must have a positive evaluation and a recommendation from the work supervisor, (c) must have at least 18 semester hours remaining in the graduate degree program. Any extension of a graduate assistantship must have the approval of the dean of Continuing and Professional Studies. If renewed, the assistantship will be subject to all terms and conditions as previously listed.
Duties and Responsibilities
Duties and responsibilities of the graduate assistant are generally of a professional or quasi-professional nature. They may be assigned a wide range of responsibilities including research, professional work, and other assignments in selected areas.