A graduate assistantship is an opportunity to work on campus in a research or service-oriented capacity in order to gain valuable work experience in higher education or an academic field and earn a tuition waiver and stipend.
Graduate students matriculated in degree-seeking programs are eligible. They must maintain a GPA of 3.0 in their graduate programs
Answer “Yes” to the question on the graduate admission application about being interested in a graduate assistantship. This will place your name on a list of students from which academic departments will hire their graduate assistants. Due to the nature of the work, most academic departments hire students from their programs to be graduate assistants. Please note that academic departments may require the completion of additional steps to apply. Please contact the graduate coordinator of your program for more information.
Available graduate assistantship positions are now being posted on the Twardowski Career Development Center’s website. On the left hand side, select "Graduate Assistantship" under catergory and then press the search button to review. Positions will be posted as they become available.
Most graduate assistants are hired in the fall semester for the academic year (fall and spring semesters). There are typically some positions available in the spring semester, but there are far fewer than for fall. The hiring cycle for fall semesters will commence during the previous spring semester and into the summer until all positions are filled.
|Credits Awarded (per semester)||Hours Required (per week)||Stipend Amount (per semester)|
There are several steps to complete the hiring process
Yes. Graduate assistants can work up to 20 hours per week when combining all forms of student employment.
Yes. The tuition waiver does NOT cover student fees. Graduate assistants must pay all student fees. Payment must be made by the due date listed on your WCU bill. The tuition waiver will not be applied to your balance until payment has been made. Nonpayment could result in your classes being cancelled.
No, graduate assistants are not required to submit timesheets either to the Office of Human Resources or to the Office of Graduate Studies. However, it is strongly recommended that graduate assistants maintain a written, signed log of all hours worked with their supervisors in case any discrepancies arise.
Graduate assistants are paid their stipends divided into eight (8) installments in accordance with the WCU’s pay schedule. The pay dates for spring are:
(along with corresponding work weeks)
Graduate Assistants are NOT REQUIRED to work during University authorized breaks/days off (i.e. fall/spring break) unless the job description provided by the hiring department specifically indicates this as a stipulation. .
Graduate Assistants are also NOT REQUIRED to make up work hours when the University closes due to inclement weather.
Yes, graduate assistants are required to work during the week of final exams, unless an alternate agreement is reached with the immediate supervisor.
Graduate assistants are employees of the university and are required to work all scheduled hours. Graduate assistants must notify their supervisors of any absences in advance and must make up any missed hours. Not reporting to your shift without notice is unacceptable and will be subject to review by the Office of Human Resources.
Graduate assistants must be actively enrolled in the number of credits covered by their graduate assistantship contract. For example, students with 6 credit graduate assistantships must remain actively enrolled in 6 credits for the full term of the contract.
If you need to withdraw from a class that would take you below the credits required by your contract, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org from your WCU e-mail account before submitting a course withdrawal form. If you need to withdraw from the University, please contact email@example.com before submitting a term withdrawal form. Please note that withdrawing could result in a financial penalty up to and including the full tuition cost of the tuition waiver.
To hire a graduate assistant, please submit the Request to Hire form through SharePoint.. Additional information will be added soon!