Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships

A limited number of Graduate Assistantships and University Fellowships are granted to various departments within each School and College of the University. Graduate Assistantships are also available in the administrative sector.

Graduate Assistantships and Doctoral Fellows Forms

Academic Criteria
Awards are given on the basis of academic merit. Graduate Assistants are only expected to submit GRE or GMAT scores if they are required within their primary department of study, and only if they are working within that primary department. Minimal GMAT scores for the Peter J. Tobin College of Business are 550 or above. If a department or program does not require GRE scores, they are not required for consideration of an Assistantship.

All awardees are expected to have an undergraduate overall GPA of at least 3.20. Graduate Assistants will be expected to show evidence of a 3.20 GPA or above in any previous graduate work. Doctoral Fellows will be expected to show evidence of 3.5 GPA or above in any previous graduate work. Graduate Assistants who do not maintain these minimum GPAs will not be eligible to keep their assistantships.

The Graduate Admissions Assistance Program (GAAP) oversees graduate student applications to external scholarships. The staff of the GAAP Office will assist you in determining your eligibility for scholarships and in completing the application process.In addition to our regular Graduate Assistantships and Doctoral Fellowships, several additional scholarships are available including Pope Paul VI Scholarship Program and Catholic School Teacher Scholarship.

Graduate Assistantship and Doctoral Fellows Position Descriptions

There are two main types of academic graduate assistantships available in the University: Master’s Assistantships for Master’s students, and Doctoral Fellows for doctoral students. All of these positions require some form of teaching and/or research. In nearly all cases, students must be enrolled in a program of study affiliated with the department or program offering the assistantship.

With few exceptions to be approved by the Office of the Provost, Master’s Assistants are required to teach and/or conduct research for 15-20 hours per week during the regular Fall and Spring semesters. Master’s students are not permitted to be teachers of record, although they are permitted to teach labs. Doctoral Fellows will be required to work 18-20 hours per week as teachers and/or researchers; they can, with permission and depending upon the course, be teachers of record, usually within the core. Unless teaching the maximum number of allowable labs (3) or courses (2), all academic graduate assistants must devote up to 5 hours per week on student success initiatives, which might include tutoring, mentoring, meeting with students, conducting focus groups, or other activities to be determined by their supervisor in consultation with the Office of the Provost.

In the course of their teaching assignments, Master’s Assistants and Doctoral Fellows are expected to attend any necessary orientations, assessment workshops, relevant faculty development meetings, and meet with students as necessary.

The number of GAs and DFs varies from year to year.  

See position descriptions for College departments and programs below. Please contact the department for further information about whether positions are presently available.

Other Graduate Assistantships

Other types of Graduate Assistantships are assigned to offices and capacities throughout the University not directly affiliated with the student’s home department. These GA’s are not expected to teach or conduct research in those disciplines, nor are they expected to adhere to the 5 hour  per week teaching/mentoring expectation. These Graduate Assistantships also require 15-20 hours work per week. (See p. 2 of the Manual linked above)

Other Graduate Assistantship Descriptions