What is a graduate assistantship?
A graduate assistantship is a paid position for current graduate students at NMU. GAs, as they're commonly referred to, can hold administrative or teaching assistant roles. In addition to being paid for 20 hours/week during the academic year, GAs are also awarded a scholarship that covers their tuition and fees by the department in which they're employed.
Graduate Assistant Benefits
- Annual stipend of $11,236 (paid out bi-weekly while on-contract)
- Full-tuition scholarships covering 100% of in-state tuition and fees (up to 8 credits/semester)
- Complimentary faculty/staff parking pass
- Access to the Vielmetti Health Center
- University issued laptop
- Academic year meal weekly autoload
Assistantships by Program
Teaching Assistantships are available to all students in the following programs:
- English (MA + MFA - Creative Writing)
- Athletic Training
- Exercise Science
Administrative Assistantships are open to students in any program. The hiring department determines specific eligibility. The number of GAA positions varies by year.
Research Assistantships are available to students pursuing a research-based degree and only awarded to students who have coordinated with an NMU faculty member prior to admission.
2023-24 Academic Year:
Graduate Administrative Assistantship
Student Support Services
Deadline to apply: December 1 2023
Winter 2024 Start
To apply: submit resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact 906-227-1551 with any questions.
Graduate Assistant Application Form - if requested by hiring department
If you have questions about a posted position, contact the hiring department.
If you have general questions about Graduate Assistantships contact: Janelle Taylor, Director of Graduate Enrollment Management 906.227.1407, email@example.com
Graduate Assistant Position General Duties
All graduate assistants should read the graduate assistant handbook
Assistantship positions are often available weeks prior to the start of each semester. Contact the College of Graduate Studies and Research directly along with your Program Director for any upcoming vacancies.
Duties of a graduate assistant are designed to complement the student’s graduate program and to advance the program of the assigning department. Duties assigned to the graduate assistant are subject to approval by the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research.
The workload of a graduate assistant consists of up to 20 hours per week during the fall and winter semesters. Typical duties and responsibilities of graduate assistants may include:
- Teaching/supervising a lecture or a laboratory section under the direction of a faculty member
- Assisting in research projects for a department or individual faculty member
- Grading papers and developing curriculum materials
- Performing limited clerical duties
- Special projects as assigned
Application and Position Overview
To apply for a graduate teaching assistantship, check with your academic department for their specific application procedures. To apply for a research or administrative graduate assistantship, see the open positions and required application materials and submit them to the hiring department.
Graduate assistants are paid employees of the university. Their pay dates begin the first payday of the fall semester and end at the conclusion of the winter semester. As salaried employees, they have the same days off that faculty have during the year, which include holidays and semester breaks.
Note that accepting an NMU graduate assistantship makes you ineligible to work in any other position or additional hours on campus during your contracted dates.
Minimum Application Requirements
To be considered for a graduate assistantship position, you must follow the instructions of the department's posting in addition to meeting the conditions listed below.
- Be admitted to a master's level program without any conditions (graduate certificate and non-degree seeking students are not eligible for these positions)
- Have a 3.0 GPA or higher in all graduate-level coursework
- Follow any additional application instructions specified by the department
- Provide materials relevant to employment experience (such as resume, CV, etc.)
The department may require that you also provide:
- The graduate assistantship application
- Provide three letters of recommendation (These should be dedicated to the graduate assistant position specifically).
- A cover letter detailing your reasons for seeking the position
- GA Task Force Meeting Minutes
- Graduate Student Worker positions (which are not graduate assistantships) will also be posted when available. See Career Services also for assistantships other employment opportunities. Note that the acceptance of a graduate assistantship makes you ineligible for most other NMU positions during your contracted dates.
- International Students: International students are eligible for graduate assistantships once they are admitted to the university. They must abide by the rules and laws set out by their visa status. If a student is unsure about the guidelines of their visa, they should contact the International Education Services Office.