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Employment For Graduate Students

Assistantships for graduate students are available in most academic departments that offer a master's program as well as other university support areas. Most assistantships require teaching, laboratory instruction or research. The awarding of assistantships is considered as a staffing function of the department making the appointment. Inquiries about applications should be addressed to the head of the department in which the applicant wishes to study.

Applications for such positions must satisfy both the Graduate School and department requirements. Academic excellence and maturity are the primary qualifications.

To apply for a graduate assistantship, you may click the following link, Graduate Assistant Application.

To check on available G.A. positions, please click on Hire A Texan! or visit the Career Services office in the Barry B. Thompson Student Center.

Out-of-State Tuition Waivers

Out-of-state graduate students are eligible to pay in-state tuition and fee rates under any one of the following criteria.

Employment as a GA with:

  • GA assistantship in any category except GA Non-Teaching
  • Scholarship award of $1000
  • Military Service (See a VA Counselor)
  • Tuition waivers are reviewed and applied in the College of Graduate Studies Office.

Requirements of a GA:

  • Be admitted into the graduate college
  • If teaching, must have a minimum of 18 graduate hours in the field to be taught
  • Have a satisfactory GRE, GMAT or MAT score and a satisfactory undergraduate GPA
  • Maintain at least a 3.0 graduate GPA
  • Be in good standing with the graduate college
  • Be enrolled in and complete at least 6 hours of graduate credit each term (3 hours for the entire summer)


Positions: Work Load and Stipends

 A Graduate Assistant, with credit for 18 hours in appropriate graduate-level courses, may be assigned to teach only Developmental, 100 level, or 200 level  courses.

Current Stipend Rates
Graduate Assistant Position Rate Description
Non-Teaching
(Title #9180)
$13.85/hour Students appointed to this title have the responsibility for assisting professors and other University personnel in various program and/or administrative assignments. This position is a non-exempt position, is paid on a bi-weekly basis, and timesheets must be submitted to payroll for hours worked. (Appointment may be 9 or 12 months and begins on the date of hire.)
Special (Title #9179)  Negotiable Students appointed to this title are those who are assigned very special responsibilities under unusual circumstances.  The rate of pay is commensurate with the job assignment and needs approval from the appropriate divisional Vice President. (Appointment may be 9 or 12 months and begins on the date of hire.)
Research Assistant I
(Title #9221)
$1,200/mo @ half-time Half of the position will involve research for faculty, staff or their own research for thesis; and the other half will involve other duties as assigned. (Appointment may be 9 or 12 months and begins on the date of hire.).
Research Assistant II
(Title # 9222)
$1,200/mo @ half-time All duties are research (defined as any laboratory, computer or other scientific manipulation of materials or data to gain information for university decision making, reporting, publication or discovery.) Additionally, may be conducting their own research associated with the completion of a thesis or dissertation.  (Appointment may be 9 or 12 months and begins on the date of hire.)
Laboratory Assistant I
(Title #7423)
$1,200/mo @ half-time (Applies to Science Labs.) Each laboratory taught will equal 75% effort. The primary responsibility is teaching. Students appointed to this title assume responsibility for delivering instruction to undergraduate students in a laboratory setting. They have the responsibility for the management and operation, including instruction, of the laboratories on campus. They are the teacher of record for each laboratory assignment. Any other responsibilities assigned would be administrative and directly related to the teaching responsibilities. The graduate assistant does not assign the final course grade, but would be responsible for the grade for the laboratory component of the course. The final grade is usually determined in collaboration with the faculty member supervising the laboratory assignment. (Appointment is for 9 months only and generally begins September 1st and ends May 31st.)
Laboratory Assistant II
(Title #7424)
$1,200/mo @ half-time Students appointed to this title will teach labs in laboratory classes other than science. Four labs will equal one three semester credit hour assignment. The students assume responsibility for instruction to undergraduate students in a laboratory setting. They may be listed as the teacher of record for each laboratory taught. Planning for instruction is done collaboratively with the faculty or staff responsible for the course and as specified in the laboratory objectives as listed in the master syllabus. The primary responsibility is teaching as well as other academic administrative responsibilities. (Appointment is for 9 months only and generally begins September 1st and ends May 31st.)
Teaching Assistant I
(Title #7550)
$1,311.11/mo @ half-time Students appointed to this category are those who have primary classroom teaching responsibilities and teach less than six semester credit hours. They serve as instructor of record of a formally organized course with the responsibility for assigning final grades. (Appointment is for 9 months only and generally begins September 1st and ends May 31st.)
Teaching Assistant II
(Title #7553)
$1,422.22/mo @ half-time Students appointed to this category are those who have primary classroom teaching responsibilities and teach six semester credit hours or more. They serve as the instructor of record of a formally organized course with the responsibility of assigning final grades. (Appointment is for 9 months only and generally begins September 1st and ends May 31st. Summer session may be contracted with approval of the Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs.)
Doctoral (Title #9177) Negotiable Students assigned to this title must be a graduate student who has been accepted into the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program. Students assume responsibility for assisting with material collection pertaining to literature reviews; accumulating, entering and manipulating data related to research activities; assisting with the development of grants; preparing classroom instruction materials; and organizing or coordinating various meeting, conferences, committee activities, comprehensive examinations, and test preparation workshops. (Appointment may be 9 or 12 months and begins on the date of hire.)