Graduate Assistantships

Gain valuable skills while financing your education

Graduate assistantships are offered in both administrative and academic areas. As a GA, you'll gain work experience in your field, enjoy networking with faculty and staff and receive a stipend and fee waiver. 


Eligibility and application process 

A graduate teaching assistant leading a class

Eligibility 

To be eligible for a graduate assistantship, you must:

  • Be admitted to a graduate program at Missouri State
  • Hold a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0; an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 in your last 60 hours; or a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on 9 or more hours of your most recent graduate course work
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA to continue eligibility

Limitations of Assistantship Support

The official policy on how much assistantship support a student can receive is described in the Graduate Catalog (https://graduate.missouristate.edu/catalog/assistance.htm ).   Below are more detailed descriptions for several common scenarios.  Note that these limits apply to ALL students holding a Graduate Assistantship regardless of the assistantship duties or the funding source:

  • A student working soley on a certificate is eligible for two semesters of support, and the fee waiver can cover the courses required for the certificate plus one extra class (3-credit).

  • A student working on most Masters degrees is eligible for four semesters of support, and the fee waiver can cover 110% of the number of credits required for the degree, even if simultaneously pursuing a graduate certificate.

  • A student working on a MFA or doctoral degrees is eligible for six semesters of support, and the fee waiver can cover 110% of the number of the credits required for the degree, even if simultaneously pursuing a graduate certificate.

  • A student who completes a graduate certificate and then decides to pursue a related graduate degree (all/most certificate classes can be counted in the degree) is eligible for a total of four  semesters of support.  If the certificate and subsequent degree do not overlap (no more than 3 credits counting in both), the student is eligible for four additional semesters of support to pursue the degree.

  • A student working on a second graduate degree at MSU (first one completed) is eligible for two semesters of support beyond those used while pursuing the first degree, even if simultaneously pursuing a graduate certificate.

  • A student working soley on a graduate certificate after the completion of a graduate degree at MSU is eligible for one semester of support beyond those used while pursuing the degree.

How to apply 

  1. Review the Graduate Assistantship Information Document 
  2. Download and complete the Application for Graduate Assistantship 
  3. Review the graduate assistantship posting for additional required application materials or contact the department that is offering the assistantship 
  4. Gather any additional required application materials 
  5. Submit your application and supporting materials directly to the department 

Visit the Appointment page for information about what happens after you are offered a graduate assistantship. 


Stipend and fee waiver 

Missouri State graduate assistants receive the following: 

  • Stipend for living expenses
  • Fee waiver scholarship 

For more information, visit the Fee Waiver page. 

Expectations for graduate assistants

Graduate assistants are expected to fulfill the following responsibilities:

  • Complete graduate course work towards your degree of at least six hours during each fall and spring semester of appointment, and three hours during each summer semester of appointment (audited classes do not count).
  • Work 20 hours per week on average.
  • Begin work the week prior to the start of classes and to continue through graduation.
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Note: You cannot hold any additional on-campus positions other than your graduate assistantship during the time of your appointment.

Timesheet 

Access the graduate assistantship timesheet

International students interested in teaching assignments

If you did not receive both your primary and secondary education where English was the primary language, you must meet the following requirements to qualify for graduate assistantships with teaching assignments:

  • Successful completion of one semester of graduate studies at MSU
  • Completion of a cultural orientation during the first semester of studies
  • Pass a Missouri State juried examination in which you must demonstrate your ability to interpret written English passages and to communicate orally in English in a classroom setting

Juried examinations are to be coordinated by the Graduate College. Membership of the jury will include one member of the applicant’s major department appointed by the department head, one member from the department of communication and one other faculty representative. The latter two members of the jury are appointed by the dean of the Graduate College.