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Graduate Assistantships Higher Education Student Affairs

Graduate assistantships are usually nine-month positions, however some graduate assistantships can be extended through the summer between a student’s first and second years. Most graduate assistantships available in HESA are offered through the Division of Student Affairs, there are occasionally assistantships available through other functionally related areas outside of the Division. Shortly after the interview weekend, candidates will be notified of assistantship offers. Once a candidate accepts an assistantship offer, they are officially admitted to the HESA program. This assistantship is a live in position designed to provide the HESA student dynamic exposure to the operation and development of a vibrant residential community.

UMass Amherst

Graduate assistantship positions are available to higher education students in a variety of areas on the UMass campus. In addition to administrative positions around campus, doctoral students may also apply for a limited number of teaching or research-focused assistantships through the College of Education. The Higher Education Program cannot guarantee an assistantship upon acceptance. The higher education program can provide guidance for students seeking assistantships, but students need to be very proactive in their search. UMass offices post assistantship opportunities throughout the spring, summer, and into the fall semester, so the university encourage applicant to be patient even if applicant do not have an assistantship lined up immediately. Continue to search for an assistantship if applicant enter the program without one.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Resident Adviser positions are available for the M.A. degree in Higher Education and Student Development. Graduate Assistants are part-time, one to two-year professional positions that work alongside various departments within the Higher Education and Student Development program.

Graduate Assistantships

USC Rossier’s Master of Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs program offers paid graduate assistantships that provide hands-on experience in higher education settings, while preparing applicant for their desired career in student affairs. The majority of PASA students participate in graduate assistantships on the USC campus and or at a number of colleges and universities within the Los Angeles area. Applicant will have the chance to apply for assistantships throughout their time in the program. Graduate assistantship positions are typically compensated by an hourly wage while some may offer tuition remission, or, in the case of residential education, room and board.

History Assistantships

The history offers a limited number of assistantships annually. Assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis to applicants admitted to Graduate Standing in History. Graduate Assistantship applications are normally awarded once a year.


During fall and spring semesters, full-time status is a minimum of six graduate-level credits for students holding an assistantship or a tuition scholarship and a minimum of nine graduate level-credits for students holding a fellowship. Guidelines for Graduate Students on Fellowship or Assistantship Contracts. Programs may require that students register in than six credits if holding an assistantship as stated in the plan of study for that program. Course Load Requirements for Full-Time Students Holding an Assistantship or Fellowship. A student must be classified as full-time to be eligible to hold an assistantship or fellowship. Those enrolled for fewer than 9 credit hours are considered part-time students, although students holding assistantships are considered full-time with six credits.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships allow students to gain practical work experience in higher education while they pursue their master’s degree. While the details of each assistantship appointment vary, these positions typically provide a monthly stipend. Students on Graduate Assistantship must pursue their M.Ed. on a full-time basis and are not permitted to hold employment outside of the assistantship. Procurement of a Graduate Assistantship occurs through an interview process. The pool of available Graduate Assistantships varies from year-to-year as new positions become available and current assistantship students graduate. But prospective students can review the anticipated positions offered by reviewing this list of UH Graduate Assistantship Opportunities. The finalized listing of graduate assistantship opportunities are shared with admitted students.


An updated list of vacant and filled GA positions in this pool, along with application instructions, is available on the Division of Student Affairs Assistantships for Graduate Students webpage.

Institute of Higher Education

IHE offers assistantships for all full-time Ph.D. students and assigns placements based on students' interests and experience. These 16-20 hour-per-week assistantships offer competitive stipends, full tuition benefits , travel support, and additional benefits.

Graduate Assistantship Positions

Assistantships are on-campus positions that are designed to supplement their classroom experience with practical experience. The Division of Student Affairs offers many assistantship opportunities, and, given the partnership with The Gladys W. The graduate assistantship application process and the academic admissions process are separate, but concurrent processes. Candidates may for up to six assistantships. Should a candidate be offered a graduate assistantship position and be accepted to a Masters or Doctoral level degree program, the two-year assistantship is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.