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Northwest Missouri State University


Graduate Assistantships

Getting Started | Positions Available | Resources | GA Handbook

Getting Started

Are You Eligible to Apply?

  • Must be Fully Accepted in a Graduate Program
  • Must Have a Minimum GPA of 3.0 in 8 hours of Graduate Work OR
  • 2.75 GPA in Undergraduate Degree
  • Can Only Hold One Position

Are You Eligible to Continue Your G.A. Position?

  • Must Enroll/Successfully Complete 9 hours with minmum of 6 hours at the Graduate Level
  • Must Maintain a 3.0 GPA each term and cumulative

What is the Financial Benefit?

  • Stipend of up to $6,000 a year (3,000 per trimester)
  • Up to 100% tuition/fee waiver (except technology fee)

What Else Needs to be Done Other Than the Application?

  • 1 Letter of Recommendation
  • Resume

Fall/Spring Enrollment requirement: The graduate assistant must enroll in and complete a minimum of 9 hours with at least 6 hours at the graduate level per trimester to be eligible for a Graduate Assistantship. Incomplete coursework from previous trimesters do not count towards the number of hours for eligibility. Students must also maintain an overall 3.00 grade point average and a 3.00 grade point average in graduate courses each term of enrollment to be a Graduate Assistant. Graduate Assistants must complete the Degree Audit with your advisor within the first two weeks of their first trimester.

Summer Enrollment requirement: A summer Graduate Assistant must take a minimum of 6 credits of graduate work for each 4 week, twenty-hour assistantship. The assistantship must occur concurrently with the coursework or following the coursework. Summer Graduate Assistants can be appointed for a maximum of twelve weeks only. A graduate assistant may take no more than 3 credits during the two week August session. In addition, a 4-week, 3 session Graduate Assistantship may not receive fee waivers on more than the maximum graduate load allowed or sixteen credit hours in the total trimester. A 4-week, 2 session Graduate Assistant may not receive fee waivers on more than fourteen credits in a total Summer Trimester. A 4-week, 1 session Graduate Assistant may not receive more than 7 credits of fee waiver in the total Summer Trimester.

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Resources

Check out the Career Services page for help on resumes, interviews, etc.

FAQ’s

How can I find out what graduate assistantships are open? How do I apply?

  • Also a list of all GA’s can be found at graduate school--> financial assistance--> graduate assistantships.

Do I need to fill out more than one application if I plan on applying/inquiring about more than one assistantship?

  • No, students only need to fill out ONE application, the graduate office keeps all graduate assistants applications here in the office.

Who should I get my GA references from? Can the person be off campus? On campus? Where do they return them to?

  • The references can be from anyone of your choice. We generally recommend on-campus references (advisor, professor etc.) International students may use their references that they used for their  application if they wish.
  • The recommendation form can be returned directly to the Graduate Office and will be attached to your application.

Do I have to have my GRE/GMAT scores in before I can be a GA?

  • YES! Scores must be received by our office before the first day of the trimester in which you are a GA.

Paycheck information:

  • To accept your Graduate Assistantship position, please follow the directions in Unit 1 on the Graduate Assistants Professional Development NorthwestOnline site.
  • Time Sheets must be submitted online to your supervisor by Midnight on the 10th of each month. If the tenth falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the deadline will be the prior Friday. A complete list of pay dates can be found at: http://www.nwmissouri.edu/hr/student/web%20time%20entry.htm
  • Use the following directions to complete a GA timesheet:

1. Log in to CatPAWS.

2. Click on the Employee Tab.

3. Select the appropriate Position and Pay Period.

4. Click Time Sheet.

5. Entering Unit:

a. Click ‘Enter Hours’ on the first day you worked in the month

b. In the hours box, enter 1

**Note-only enter one hour on one day each month worked. Do NOT enter one hour on each day.

c. Click Save

6. Confirm that the total number of hours for the month is one.

7. Click on Submit for Approval.

8. Verify that the time sheet has been submitted by reviewing the bottom of the screen. The Submitted for Approval By… line should display the date.

9. You may log in again before the payroll due date to verify that your supervisor has approved your time sheet. Your supervisor is required to approve time sheets by Midnight of the first business day after the employee submission deadline.

BEWARE: Be sure to use navigation buttons within WTE. Do NOT use browser navigations such as the Back arrow. Do NOT double click WTE navigation buttons. Failure to properly navigate within WTE can result in a time sheet error.

  • Northwest Missouri State University Graduate Assistants have two options for receiving their pay, by using direct deposit or a U.S. Bank AccelaPay® Card. Paper checks will not be issued. Therefore, all employees must complete a Payroll Enrollment Form. For more information, click this link: http://www.nwmissouri.edu/hr/student/payroll.htm
  • Pay will be awarded on the last working day of the month as indicated on your offer letter.

Eligibility:

  1. Student must be fully accepted into a Masters or Specialist program
  2. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or a graduate GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  3. Full acceptance indicates completion of all admission entrance requirements. These may include the GRE/GMAT test, or alternate admission examination, as required by the program.
  4. Complete and submit the online Graduate Assistantship application.
  • Fall/Spring Enrollment requirement: The graduate assistant must enroll in and complete a minimum of 9 hours with at least 6 hours at the graduate level per trimester to be eligible for a Graduate Assistantship. Incomplete coursework from previous trimesters do not count towards the number of hours for eligibility. Students must also maintain an overall 3.00 grade point average and a 3.00 grade point average in graduate courses each term of enrollment to be a Graduate Assistant. Graduate Assistants must complete the Degree Audit with your advisor within the first two weeks of their first      trimester.
  • Summer Enrollment requirement: A summer Graduate Assistant must take a minimum of 6 credits of graduate work for each 4 week, twenty-hour assistantship. The assistantship must occur concurrently with the coursework or following the coursework. Summer Graduate Assistants can be appointed for a maximum of twelve weeks only. A graduate assistant may take no more than 3 credits during the two week August session. In addition, a 4-week, 3 session Graduate Assistantship may not receive fee waivers on more than the maximum graduate load allowed or sixteen credit hours in the total trimester. A 4-week, 2 session Graduate Assistant may not receive fee waivers on more than fourteen credits in a total Summer Trimester. A 4-week, 1 session Graduate Assistant may not receive more than 7 credits of fee waiver in the total Summer Trimester.