Graduate Assistantship Information for Students and Departments

The Dean of the College of Graduate Studies is responsible for the administration of all aspects of the Graduate Assistants Program: Graduate Teaching Assistants/Graduate Research Assistants/Graduate Administrative Assistants. This responsibility includes approving student applications, checking all credentials and Personnel Appointment Forms, notifying the Business Office and other applicable offices of student appointments, changes, and terminations, recommending stipends, and all other matters relative to graduate student appointments. (Policies and Procedure Manual, Policy No.: IV:07:12)


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General Information 

A limited number of graduate administrative assistantships, graduate teaching assistantships and graduate research assistantships are available. Graduate Assistantships provide a monthly stipend and a waiver for tuition. Out-of-state residents also receive a waiver for out-of-state fees.

Persons interested in applying for a graduate assistantship should also contact the individual department as additional application materials and references may be required. Some departments may also have specific deadlines for assistantship applications.

Eligibility for an assistantship requires a student to be fully admitted into his/her desired program and have a current GPA, whether graduate or undergraduate, of 3.0 or higher.

Assistants must enroll in at least six (6) graduate credit hours per semester and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 for master's level or 3.25 for doctoral level.

Overview for Students

The following information strives to give you a general overview of the graduate assistantship program at Middle Tennessee State University. If you still have specific questions, contact the College of Graduate Studies at 615-898-2840.

All graduate programs have a set number of graduate assistant and although the College of Graduate Studies is the final approving authority for all graduate assistants, each department is responsible for interviewing, selecting, and preparing the paperwork for their graduate assistants.

So, what does that mean to you? If you are looking for an assistantship, start with the program that you are majoring in, they make the decision as to who they hire so that's the first place to start. The College of Graduate Studies requires that in order for a graduate student to be eligible to hold an assistantship they must first be fully admitted to a program (no conditional admission), and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher (whether graduate or undergraduate if you are just coming to graduate school). Keep in mind that these are just the requirements for the College of Graduate Studies, each department may have its own requirements that you may need to meet as well.

If the department does not have any openings there are some administrative offices on campus that utilize graduate assistants. (See below)

MTSU has three (3) types of assistantships, research, teaching, and administrative. We also offer both master's and Ph.D. assistantships; the master's assistantships are available for both nine (9) months and twelve (12) month contracts and the Ph.D. is available only as a twelve (12) month option. In exchange for working in the department you are given tuition remission at an in-state status, a percentage of your fees, and a modest monthly stipend. Again, the specifics of the contract, award types, amounts, etc. would be discussed with the individual department.

As a colleague, graduate assistants are also allowed to upgrade to a faculty/staff parking pass for a nominal fee at the Parking Services Office.

Students hired as administrative assistants are required to submit an hourly timesheet to the Human Resources department monthly. Timesheets are located on the HR website.

Non-Academic Offices Offering Graduate Assistantships

Check with the individual offices regarding availability

Office Contact Person Contact Information
Dyslexic Studies Erin Alexander 494-8884
Information Technology Division Barbara Draude 904-8383
Center for Educational Media Laura Clark 898-5191
Learning Teaching and Innovative Technology Center Tom Brinthaupt 494-7676
Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Compliance Moses Prabu

Graduate Teaching Assistantship Certification Program

The Graduate Teaching Assistantship Certificate Program is designed to provide Gradaute Teaching Assistants with a structured experience that prepares them for classroom and laboratory teaching. The program allows you to develop and document your classroom teaching and teacher development activities and it provides you with several self-reflection and consultatvie feedback opportunities. It also provides several documents that can be included in your professional and teaching portfolio.

GTAs who are interested in applying for the Spring 2018 program cohort should submit their application form and accompanying materials to by Thursday, January 25, 2018 for consideration.‚Äč

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