Graduate Assistantships: Types, Length, Work Expectations, Tuition Remission

Overall organization of GA program

The graduate assistantship program is overseen by the Office of Research and Graduate Education in Academic Affairs. About 90 graduate assistantship (GA) positions are offered annually. Each school and several departments are annually allotted GA positions.

Graduate Assistant positions typically fall into either research or teaching focused positions. A full time GA position requires the student work for 300 hours per semester (20 hrs per week) for a tuition remission of 9 credits. A 2/3 GA position requires the student work for 210 hours per semester (14 hrs per week) for tuition remission of 6 credits and a 1/3 position requires the student work for 105 hours per semester (7 hrs per week) for tuition remission of 3 credits.

Typically, GA positions are for the Fall and Spring semester of the academic year and each position is advertised during the spring semester.

Graduate assistantship classifications

Graduate assistantships are classified in one of three categories for federal reporting purposes: teaching assistants, research assistants, administrative assistants. The roles and responsibilities of the graduate assistant should enhance their academic experience.

Length and Timing of GA appointments

The ‘typical’ assistantship is for one academic year, beginning in the fall semester and continuing through the spring semester. Some assistantships also include a separate summer GA award. There are also a limited number of summer-only assistantships. Occasionally, due to graduation, internships, etc, a GA position becomes available in January.

A student may be re-appointed as a GA for up to three years, at the discretion of the department. All GA openings will be posted on the HR website, under ‘graduate assistantship postings.’ https://www.marymountjobs.com/

GA Categories: work expectations and tuition remission

  • 1/3 GAs provide 105 hours of GA service each semester: 7 hours of service each week across a 15 week semester (or the equivalent number of hours weekly to reach 105 hrs during the shorter summer session). 1/3 GAs receive a waiver of 3 graduate credits each semester of the assistantship.
  • 2/3 GAs provide 210 hours of GA service each semester: 14 hours of service each week across 15 week semester (or the equivalent number of hours weekly to reach 210 hours during the shorter summer session). 2/3 GAs receive a waiver of 6 graduate credits each semester of the assistantship.
  • Full-time GAs provide 300 hours of GA service each semester: 20 hours of service each week across a 15 week semester (or the equivalent number of hours weekly to reach 300 hours during the shorter summer session). A full-time GA receives a waiver of 9 graduate credits each semester of the assistantship.