School of Graduate Studies

Assistantships

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. There are 3 types of assistantships:

Graduate Instructor

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 instructors are granted through departments. Students must be nominated by someone in the department to be eligible for a teaching assistantship.

Teaching loads vary up to a maximum of 20 hours per week 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 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. When the workshop has been successfully completed, it will be added to the student's transcript with 1 credit. However, this credit cannot be applied toward the graduate degree program.

 

Graduate Teaching Assistant

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 up to a maximum of 20 hours per week 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. When the workshop has been successfully completed, it will be added to the student's transcript with 1 credit. However, this credit cannot be applied toward the graduate degree program.

 

Graduate Research Assistant

A research assistant is a graduate student assigned to work under faculty guidance on 1 or more research projects (GRAs are not paid from E&G funds).

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, with a maximum workload of 20 hours per week. 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.