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Graduate Assistantships

Departments may limit the number of years that a graduate student may hold an assistantship. Graduate assistants are responsible for knowing the specific policies and procedures that govern their particular assistantship and academic program. Doctoral students with quarter-time or half-time assistantships must carry at least 3 credits Master’s students with quarter-time assistantships or half-time assistantships must carry at least 6 credits. Doctoral and master’s students with three-quarter-time assistantships must carry at least 3 credits. Lifelong Education students and College of Law students are not eligible for graduate assistantships. Dually enrolled bachelor’s master’s degree students are not eligible for graduate assistantships until the minimum number of credits required for a first bachelor degree is completed.

Graduate Assistantships

Departments may limit the number of years that a graduate student may hold an assistantship. Graduate assistants are responsible for knowing the specific policies and procedures that govern their particular assistantship and academic program. Doctoral students with quarter-time or half-time assistantships must carry at least 3 credits Master’s students with quarter-time assistantships or half-time assistantships must carry at least 6 credits. Doctoral and master’s students with three-quarter-time assistantships must carry at least 3 credits. Lifelong Education students and College of Law students are not eligible for graduate assistantships. Dually enrolled bachelor’s master’s degree students are not eligible for graduate assistantships until the minimum number of credits required for a first bachelor degree is completed.

Assistantships

The primary purpose of the assistantship program is to provide experience and for worthy graduate students so that they may complete the requirements for M.A. and Ph.D. degrees and become qualified and experienced as teachers. A tuition waiver is included with either half or quarter-time appointments. Some graduate assistantship appointments are only for one semester , but initial graduate assistantship appointments are usually for 9 months of support, Fall and Spring semester, each 4.5 months. M.A. students chosen for assistantship can receive no than 24 months support at the M.A. level. Ph.D. students chosen for assistantship can expect 36 months, but can receive no than 48 months of support.

Dissertation Completion Fellowships

Approximately one hundred and twenty fellowships are available annually to allow students to devote full time to writing the dissertation with the goal that the dissertation will be completed during the tenure of the fellowship. Other MSU financial support, held simultaneously with the fellowship, cannot exceed a one-quarter time assistantship or the equivalent. Unlike graduate assistantships, these fellowships do not include student health insurance or tuition/fee waivers.