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Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistants may be employed to teach or assist faculty involved in research and other scholarly activities. A limited number of graduate assistantships are available.

Stipends for graduate assistants within the School of Nursing increased during the spring 2016 semester. For a two-semester assignment, master’s level GAs will receive a combined grant and financial award of $30,000, and Ph.D. level assistants will receive $50,000.

Details about graduate assistantships, including the application, can found on the Graduate College website.

Benefits of being a graduate assistant:

  • Apply what you learned in research class.
  • Get to know nursing faculty and staff.
  • Learn skills that are not taught in the classroom.
  • Be mentored.
  • Experience potentially life-changing events.
  • Get paid to think and be creative.
  • Work normal hours and be unlikely to work nights.
  • Stay below the high-tax bracket and have a portion of your tuition paid.
  • Learn things that could help you write a capstone paper, professional paper, or thesis, or help you become a faculty member.

A GA is expected to:

  • Do high-quality work
  • Be responsible/accountable
  • Show initiative
  • Think critically
  • Communicate respectfully and professionally

GA Hiring Process and Qualifications

  1. Each spring the associate dean of research will coordinate the advertising and hiring of graduate assistants. Graduate students will receive notice of graduate assistantship opportunities along with a GA Interest Form.

    Graduate students can indicate their interest by emailing a completed interest form to the associate dean for research. The associate dean will match the students with the appropriate faculty GA mentor.

  2. All graduate assistants must have graduate standing (master’s or Ph.D. student) status at the start of the GA appointment.
  3. A graduate assistantship is normally offered for 12 months, starting July 1 and ending June 30. (The starting date for newly admitted graduate students may be Aug. 1) A GA is expected to work 20 hours per week on GA duties. A new application must be made each year. If a GA does not make satisfactory academic progress or does not satisfactorily perform duties, the assistantship may be terminated.
  4. An incomplete grade on an academic record will terminate the assistantship for the following semester. A student with an incomplete grade may not complete an assistantship.
  5. A 12-month graduate assistantship carries a stipend of $15,000 for a master’s student and $18,000 for a Ph.D. student. In addition, fee waivers are normally approved for course work directly related to the degree program. This waiver covers about 87 percent of the per credit hour fee. The out-of-state tuition is waived while the GA is on contract. Additionally both master’s and Ph.D. students can apply for supplemental fellowships.
  6. During the fall and spring semesters a GA is expected to carry a minimum of six credits. Exceptions will be permitted only with specific written consent of the deans of the School of Nursing and the Graduate College. During the summer semester, a GA is expected to carry a minimum of three credits. When on a 12-month contract, a GA is expected to carry the three summer credits in May when the School of Nursing summer begins. Tuition waivers are available in summer terms. Such waivers can be obtained for no more than two summer sessions.
  7. A GA may not accept employment on or off campus until receiving written permission from the School of Nursing deans and the Graduate College. GA can work up to 12 hours off campus each week.
  8. Graduate assistantships offers are valid only if signed by the graduate dean.