Graduate Assistantships are designed to allow graduate students to become fully immersed in their graduate education. Graduate Assistantships provide a stipend plus provide a scholarship in exchange for on-campus employment in an area related to their program of study.
Stipend amounts and the amount of the tuition scholarship vary based on the assistantship awarded. The frequency of paychecks and other details also differ depending on how your assistantship is funded.
Unless your assistantship is funded by an outside source (e.g., a grant), graduate assistants are generally not eligible for other scholarships from the Graduate School or MWSU Foundation. Graduate assistants are generally not allowed to have off-campus employment (except for part-time consulting directly related to their area of study). Graduate Assistants are required to be full-time students unless they are in their final semester.
Specific requirements that differ from those above may be outlined in your appointment letter.
Graduate Assistants are sponsored by individual graduate programs and academic departments. Inquire within your department regarding the availability of Graduate Assistant positions. For more information see Graduate Assistant Allocation Procedure.
Some academic departments may sponsor graduate Teaching Assistants. Inquire within your department regarding the availability of Teaching Assistant positions. For more information see Special Teaching Assistant Requirements.
NOTE: Please confirm the conditions of your assistantship with the Graduate School. Not all assistantships are the same. Some include in-state tuition waivers, and some do not. Some contain full tuition scholarships, and other only partial scholarships. The amounts of stipends are also different depending on the work conducted. You should request the conditions of your assistantship in writing from the graduate dean if you have any questions.
Non Native English Speakers
Western must comply with Missouri Statute 170.012, meaning special conditions apply to non-native English speakers.