Academic units of the university may employ graduate students in four types of graduate assistantships: teaching assistantship, lab assistantship, research assistantship, and general graduate assistantship. The type of assistantship offered a student depends on the needs of the academic or administrative unit and the qualifications of the individual student. Whenever possible, the duties assigned to a graduate assistant should be relevant to the graduate program and the professional goals of the student.
Graduate students may hold multiple types of assistantship positions. The combination of the graduate assistantship(s) and departmental supplement cannot exceed 20 hours of work per week. Students must continue to be full-time taking at least twelve hours of graduate credit in both fall and spring semesters and nine hours of graduate credit in summer semester. A salary guide for graduate assistants is distributed annually by the Graduate School.