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The University awards graduate assistants each year on a competitive basis to graduate students in support of their efforts to obtain a graduate degree. Graduate assistants may serve as teaching assistants, lab assistants or research assistants.

Assistants awards vary by department depending on the nature of the assignment and may include a monthly stipend, tuition and fees. Full-time graduate assistants must be enrolled for a minimum of nine (9) semester hours of graduate work each semester and are expected to devote their time and service solely to their graduate studies and graduate assistants assignments, and may not be employed elsewhere during the course of the assistants.

The standard assistants stipend for full-time graduate students is $10,000 per academic year. Assistants may also be available for part-time graduate students, depending on the needs of the academic department. In such cases, the stipend and assignment will be less than that of a full-time graduate assistant.

Assistants applications are submitted to the academic department or graduate program; recommendations are forwarded to the Office of Graduate Studies for approval. Appointments are normally for one academic year or less and may be renewed provided funds are available and that the student’s academic performance – as well as performance in carrying out the responsibilities of the appointment – is satisfactory.

Graduate Assistants Criteria:


Be a degree-seeking graduate student with Unconditional Admission status.

Have a graduate GPA of 3.0 or better.

Be registered for at least 9 semester hours that can be counted toward the graduate degree in the long session and 3 semester hours during a summer term.

Have a Program of Study completed and on file in the Office of Graduate Studies.

The maximum amount of time allowed for assigned duties is 20 hours per week.

The period of appointment may not exceed one academic year but may be renewed.

A graduate student is limited to a total of four long-term academic semesters as a graduate assistant.

Additional and more rigorous conditions may be imposed by the Academic Department or Graduate Dean. It is the responsibility of the Academic Advisor and the Office of Graduate Studies to monitor the student’s progress toward meeting the conditions.

Graduate Assistants Application

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