Graduate Assistantships

Assistantships set you apart in graduate school. You can gain real world experience by conducting guided research with experienced faculty. Whether in a lab, a classroom or off campus, you can learn and teach through research that excites you while earning a stipend to support yourself through grad school.

A variety of assistantship opportunities are available to graduate students, and all are offered through individual colleges and departments. Check with your department to see what assistantships are available.

To be eligible for a 20 hour/week (0.5 FTE) assistantship, you must be a full time student. Until all coursework on an approved Program of Study has been completed, you must be registered for at least 6 credits to be a full time student. After all coursework on an approved Program of Study has been completed, you will be considered a full time student if you are registered for at least 3 credits.

Students with a 20 hour/week (0.5 FTE) graduate assistantship are limited to this one on-campus job. If you would like an exception to work an additional job on campus, submit a 20+ hours work request.

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Graduate assistants may register for a maximum of 12 credits per semester.

A graduate instructor is a graduate student who is assigned to teach 1 or more courses for an entire semester and is the official instructor of record. Graduate instructor positions are awarded through departments.

Teaching loads vary, and salaries vary depending on the department and the teaching load.

International students may be considered for Graduate Instructor positions if they demonstrate adequate proficiency in English communication, as determined by Utah State University’s Intensive English Language Institute, and have completed the required Teaching Assistant workshops.

All graduate instructors are required to participate in a training workshop sponsored by the School of Graduate Studies prior to beginning the assistantship. The workshop helps students gain the techniques and skills to be effective instructors in the university environment. The workshop for international students also aids in understanding the American university culture and in improving communication skills.

A graduate teaching assistant (GTA) is a graduate student assigned to assist 1 or more faculty with instruction. A GTA may lecture in a course occasionally, tutor students, or assist in some other teaching capacity, such as teaching a lab or recitation session under faculty supervision.

Graduate teaching assistantships are granted through departments, and students must be nominated by someone in the department to be eligible for a teaching assistantship.

Teaching loads vary and salaries vary depending on the department and the teaching load.

International students may be considered for teaching assistantships if they demonstrate adequate proficiency in English communication, as determined by Utah State University’s Intensive English Language Institute, and have participated in the required teaching assistant workshop.

All teaching assistants are required to participate in a training workshop sponsored by the School of Graduate Studies prior to beginning the assistantship. The workshop helps students gain the techniques and skills to be effective instructors in the university environment. The workshop for international students also aids students in understanding the American university culture and in improving communication skills.

A research assistant is a graduate student assigned to work under faculty guidance on 1 or more research projects. Research assistantships are granted through departments. Students must be nominated by someone in the department to be eligible for a research assistantship.

The salaries and workloads for research assistants vary. Students conducting research that will be used for their thesis or dissertation may register for 4 research or thesis credits above the 12-credit limit.

If you receive a research assistantship, you may be required to complete Responsible Conduct of Research Training depending on your graduate level and funding source.