Office of Graduate Programs

Graduate Assistantships

Each year Graduate Assistantships are offered to Graduate students with a history of academic excellence. We are only able to offer Graduate Assistantship (GA) awards to a very small percentage of applicants, so being selected is a great privilege. The assignment of the graduate assistantship position is made by the John B. and Lillian E. Neff College of Business and Innovation.

Graduate Assistants may work with a faculty member in one of the Neff College of Business and Innovation departments as a Teaching or Research Assistantship. Duties may include assisting with research, class preparation, and special assignments. Some Graduate Assistants may also be placed in the college's Office of Student Retention and Academic Success, Office of Graduate Programs, College Computing Office and the Business Career Programs Office as an Administrative Assistantship. Duties may include teaching an orientation course, student outreach for recruitment and retention efforts, meeting with undergraduate students, student tracking for alumni relations and graduation statistics and event planning.

A full GA includes a tuition waiver for up to 9 credit hours for fall or spring semester and a stipend in exchange for 20 hours of work per week on campus. A half GA includes a tuition waiver for up to 4.5 credit hours in the fall or spring, 10 hours of work per week on campus,and a stipend. Most GA awards do not cover summer semesters. All GA awards include approval to purchase faculty/staff parking permits.

The application period for fall semesters opens once the application period has opened with a deadline of March 1st. If funding exists for spring semesters there will be a mid-year application period. The application period for spring semesters opens once the application period has opened with a deadline of October 1st. Scoring well on the GMAT is the best way to increase the likelihood that you will be selected for a GA award.

The requirements to be considered for a GA award are:
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • GMAT score of 500 or higher with a minimum score of 20 in both the verbal and quantitative sections.
  • If you have been waived GMAT you may be considered for a Graduate Assistantship with a minimum GPA of 3.7 or higher as well as providing a resume demonstrating progressive leadership experience either collegiately or in the community.
You must do the following by the respective deadline to be considered for an award:

Graduate Assistantship awards will be announced in May and December respectively. We will accept applications after the deadline dates however, priority is given to applications received by the deadline dates posted.

For more information about types of assistantships, requirements to maintain assistantship, benefits and additional employment outside of assistantships, please view the College of Graduate Studies website. 

New Graduate Assistants please read over the Graduate Assistant Handbook.

Last Updated: 8/16/22