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The Graduate College

Research & Teaching Assistantships

Professional Development with Competitive Stipends

Assistantship Overview

Spring 2014 Details

Applications for Assistantships are being accepted at the Human Resources website through December 6, 2013. Go to: and click on "Search KSU Jobs", then select "Student" in the Job Category and click "Search".

The Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) and Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) Programs at Kennesaw State University are designed to support the research and teaching responsibilities of the university and to provide students with professional skill development opportunities while enrolled in a degree program.

Graduate Research Assistantships and Graduate Teaching Assistantships involve maintaining a satisfactory academic performance while also successfully performing the assigned responsibilities. The duties assigned for Graduate Research Assistantships should be relevant and add value to the student's major field of study, area of interest or expertise. For Graduate Teaching Assistantships the teaching assignment is arranged within the host department and should, but is not required to be within the student's discipline of study.

Assistantship appointments are made for a term of one semester or academic year depending upon program needs and are renewable based upon performance in the program, and at the discretion of the Graduate Program Director and the Dean of The Graduate College. To continue the assistantship, the student must maintain a minimum 3.0 gpa, good academic standing, an acceptable job performance and must update their on-line employment application.

Eligibility Requirements

A student must have:
  • Completed the requirements for an undergraduate degree,
  • applied for and been fully accepted to a graduate degree program of study,
  • maintained a 3.0 grade point average in any previous/current graduate course work, and
  • maintained a 3.0 grade point average in any previous undergraduate course work if a first semester graduate program student.
Graduate Teaching Assistantships require:
  • Completion of a short workshop on "Becoming a Teacher" offered in the Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Completion of 18 hours of graduate credit and submission of a CV and transcript to the Graduate College prior to beginning the teaching assignment (If the Graduate Teaching Assistant is to be the "teacher of record.")


Each Graduate Research Assistant pays a special tuition rate of $25 per semester, as well as all student fees, and the cost of mandatory health insurance if the GRA is not eligible for a waiver.

GRAs who are enrolled in one of KSU's premium-priced programs will be required to pay all tuition/other costs of these programs in excess of standard graduate program tuition.

All GRAs are required to have health insurance. Students will be billed for the mandatory health insurance fee at the time of registration. A waiver of the health insurance fee may be applied for directly with the insurer. Please see United Healthcare for information and rates.

Employment Requirements for International Students

International students with an F-1 visa are required to provide a copy of their current visa documentation as well as their current I-20 form, complete with a work authorization stamp from the Office of International Services and Programs. International students must have a social security number prior to being hired.

For more details, contact Human Resources at 770-423-6030.

Students assisting professor in assistantship

Assistantship Appointments

Graduate Research Assistant appointments are for one semester and will be awarded to qualified full-time students.

GRAs will work with the assigned faculty member for 10-19.5 hours per week for 17 weeks per semester (Fall/Spring) based on assignment.

GRAs must be assigned to work with a faculty member holding provisional or full graduate faculty status and must register for a minimum of six (6) and a maximum of twelve (12) semester hours of graduate credit each semester. Coursework overloads (over 9 hours) are granted with approval by the Graduate Program Director and the Dean of the Graduate College.

In addition, a GRA may not be employed in another position on the KSU campus.

Stipend, Pay Schedules, and Benefits

The stipend for a Graduate Research Assistant is stated in the contract, which is executed when the student is appointed as a Graduate Research Assistant. Stipends will be paid monthly.

Other Details


A Graduate Research Assistant wishing to resign must submit a letter of resignation to the Dean of the Graduate College.


If a student's grade point average falls below 3.0 (academic warning), the student will have one semester to improve and return to academic good standing before the assistantship is terminated. Should a student fail to return to good academic standing after one semester, or should a student receive academic exclusion and be dismissed from the degree program, the assistantship would be terminated at once.

Students, who do not meet the academic requirements or the requirements of the job, may be terminated.

Compensation will cease upon termination of the contract, and the student may be required to reimburse the University for tuition.


If you have questions, please contact the Graduate Dean's office.