- Eligibility & Expectations
- Compensation & Benefits
- GA Position Examples
What is a Graduate Assistantship?
Graduate Assistantships are considered to be temporary, part-time staff positions available for Graduate students who are looking for opportunities to gain experience and expertise while receiving financial support in pursuit of their advanced degree.
Openings are posted in the spring semester (generally February or March) for positions that begin in either June or August of the same academic year. The selection process for prospective GAs typically concludes by early May.
To be eligible for a Graduate Assistantship the student must:
- Be enrolled as a full-time student, in good standing, in a Drury University graduate program.
- Not hold any other paid position on a Drury University campus.
Graduate Assistants are expected to:
- Work a minimum of either 10, 20 or 29 hours a week, depending on the particular position.
- Must complete the minimum amount of credit hours a semester necessary to be considered a full-time graduate student in their respective graduate program.
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. If a 3.0 GPA is not maintained, the graduate student may be placed on academic probation for one semester. If after one semester the student’s GPA does not improve, they will be dismissed.
Graduate Assistants are expected to demonstrate a commitment to academic excellence, a strong work ethic, and a dedication to learning.
International students may not work more than 20 hours in a GA position during any week when school is in session.
Compensation & Benefits
For the 2018-2019 academic year, graduate assistants receive the benefit of tuition remission (up to 6 hours per semester) and compensation in the form of a monthly stipend. Some departments/programs are able to offer additional compensation in the form of housing and a meal plan.
- Covers up to 6 credit hours of graduate courses per semester or summer term.
- All fees are EXCLUDED from tuition remission. Every student will pay a Technology Fee of $7 per credit hour, and varying departmental fees depending on graduate program. For more information on specific graduate program fees, tuition and fees.
Tuition Remission forms should be completed by the end of the first week of each semester. Tuition remission will be applied to your bill after the Add/Drop Period has ended for the semester requested. (Typically three weeks after classes have begun.)
Category 1 stipends are paid on a monthly basis. Category 2 stipends are paid one time per a semester. The stipend levels and corresponding work hour requirements are:
Category 1: 100% appointment
Description: 20 hrs/week, 100% tuition waiver up to six hours, and full stipend ($2,500 per Fall and Spring semesters and $1,250 in summer, if available).
Department may require a 9 or 12 month appointment.
B. Standard Plus Meal Plan/Housing
Description: 29 hrs/week, 100% tuition waiver up to six hours, full stipend ($2,500 per semester and $1,250 in summer) and campus housing and meal plan.
Department may require a 12 month appointment.
Category 2: 50% appointment
Description: 10 hrs/week, 50% tuition waiver up to six hours, and 50% stipend ($1,250 per Fall and Spring semesters and $625 in summer, if available).
Department may require a 9 or 12 month appointment.
- MBA tuition remission does NOT apply to $165 per credit hour travel fee.
- GA’s on the 29 hour/week appointments may not hold any other positions on campus.
- Housing credit is for double occupancy in Manley Hall. Meal plan is a 45-meal plan.
Housing and Meal Plans
Graduate Assistant positions may also include compensation in the form of housing and meal plans. In select graduate assistantships, the department will pay for a graduate assistant's housing and meal plans.
Graduate assistants will be housed with another graduate assistant in apartments that have not been filled by undergraduate students.
If a graduate assistantship does not include a housing and meal plan and a GA is interested in living on campus, GAs may apply for a housing and meal plan through the housing office at their own expense.
Graduate assistants can also purchase semester-long meal plans without housing plans by filling out a Commuter Student Meal Plan Agreement and sending it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Meal plan charges will show up with tuition fees on your Drury account.
There is no deadline to add a meal plan but there is a deadline to change your meal plan each semester, which will be listed on the Academic Calendar. There is also no deadline to sign up for housing, but there is limited availability.
Graduate Assistantships - Examples
Graduate Assistant positions are typically two year experiences. Below is a list of a few assistantships that have been available in recent academic years. New postings will be announced each spring.
- Academic Advising
- Arts Administration and Edward Jones Center
- Breech School of Business
- Center for Nonprofit Leadership
- College of Continuing Professional Studies
- College of Graduate Studies
- Community Outreach and Leadership Development
- Debate Coach
- International Support Services
- Masters of Business Administration
- Student Affairs Diversity & Inclusion
- Transitional Programs
- Residence Life
- Men’s Basketball
- Women’s Basketball
- Cross-Country/Track and Field
- Swimming & Diving