• Applications
    Applications for a Graduate Assistantship are available from the Office of Graduate Admissions or from the department offices
  • Graduate Student Credit Loads
    Any student whose home language is not English must meet specific English language proficiency requirements to be considered for a graduate student assistantship. This is a requirement whether or not the student has previously attended or graduated from an English-speaking, post-secondary institution.
  • Teaching Assistant Seminar
    All first-time Teaching Assistants are required to attend and successfully complete a 3-day Teaching Assistant Seminar prior to the start of the Fall or Spring Semester.


Graduate Assistantships are awarded to well-qualified students (GPA, grades etc.), however, not all qualified graduate students will receive assistantships. Normally, Graduate Assistantships are awarded on an academic year basis (Fall-Spring); some are available in the summer terms.

There are two types of Assistantships: Teaching and Research Assistantships.

  • Teaching Assistants (TAs) serve in many roles to help faculty teach both undergraduate and graduate lecture courses and laboratories.
    • First-time TA's must attend and successfully complete the Teaching Assistant Seminar prior to beginning their assignments.
    • In addition, there are specific, additional language proficiency requirements for TAs for whom English is not their home language.
    • TAs must be formally evaluated in writing by their faculty supervisor as a condition for renewal of their award normally once per academic year.
    • These evaluations become a part of the TA's record.
  • Research Assistants (RAs) work with faculty members on scientific and engineering research projects supported by governmental and private sponsors.
    • In many cases, these projects are directly related to the student's thesis or dissertation research.
    • Formal evaluations are not required for RAs.

Both TAs and RAs must maintain appropriate grade point averages (GPAs) and must continue to pursue their full-time graduate studies in their disciplines in order to retain their assistantships.

Contact your offering academic department for more information concerning Teaching and Research Assistantships:

College of Aeronautics

Nathan M. Bisk College of Business

College of Engineering & Computing

College of Psychology and Liberal Arts

College of Science

Research Newsroom

Graduate Teaching & Research Assistant Profiles on LinkedIn