Administered by the departmentsInterested students should request application forms and information directly from their departments and NOT the College of Graduate Studies.
Individual departments manage all aspects of assistantships, including receiving and screening applications and making award decisions. Assistantships may involve teaching or research and may be full- or part-time. Some departments require submission of GRE (Graduate Record Examination) or other specialized test scores.
A full-time graduate assistant is assigned a teaching load of six semester hours of courses, and equated number of contact hours of laboratory course work, or an equivalent load of assigned responsibilities each semester. Six to ten hours of course work per semester is the suggested academic course load for which a graduate assistant should enroll. International students are required by the INS to register for a minimum of nine credits per semester; for graduate assistants, that number is reduced to six.
The timing of decisions regarding graduate assistantship awards varies by department. Many decisions are made by March of each year for assignments beginning the following fall semester. After March, students should check with their departments to see if openings are still available. For the 2011-2012 academic year, a full-time graduate assistant pursuing a master's degree received an average annual stipend of $10,500 and a tuition scholarship of 20 credits per year (valued at $9,340). An assistant pursuing a doctoral degree received an average stipend of $12,800 and a tuition scholarship of 20 credit hours (worth $10,760).