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Graduate Assistantship Program

A number of graduate assistantships are available each year for graduate students who have been admitted unconditionally to a graduate degree program. These graduate assistantships provide a $10,000 per year ($5,000 per semester) stipend for the fall and spring semesters. The stipend is disbursed in bimonthly increments on the 15th and 30th. A graduate assistant must be a full-time student who maintains a 3.0 cumulative GPA and registers for and completes at least nine graduate credit hours (600 level) but no more than 13 credit hours each semester. Twenty hours a week must be devoted to the duties of a full assistantship. While nonresident students are not required to pay out-of-state tuition, all recipients must pay the regular Kentucky resident and incidental fees as the GA award does not cover these expenses. 

As a graduate assistant, you will be engaged in many activities that contribute to the teaching, research, creative activity and service efforts of Morehead State University. Your assistantship is a significant part of your graduate career at our university. As such, it is first and foremost an educational tool, providing the opportunity for you to apply the skills and knowledge you've already acquired. Essentially, the primary purpose is to assist you in strengthening and successfully completing your academic program. Over 90 assistantships are offered each year to graduate students. If you have any questions regarding the Graduate Assistantship Program at Morehead State University, please contact Ollie Floyd.

Steps to Becoming a GA

1. Be unconditionally admitted to a degree program.

Students must first apply and be admitted to a graduate degree program. Unconditionally admitted students are eligible for a GA position for up to four semesters (two years).

2. Enroll in Nine Graduate Hours

Students must be enrolled in at least nine graduate but no more than a total of 13 graduate credit hours per semester.

3. Submit the GA Application

Students must apply for a graduate assistantship by completing the GA Application for Employment application. Please print and complete the application and return to Ollie Floyd in the Graduate School and the supervisor for the department that you are seeking a GA position in.

4. Contact Departments Regarding Positions

It is the responsibility of the student to obtain an open GA position by contacting the department of his/her choice and inquiring about availability. For department telephone numbers, locations, and/or email addresses, please refer to the MSU Directory.

5. Complete Employment Paperwork

Once the department has made the hiring decision(s), the student will complete all other employment paperwork (I-9, W-4, etc.) through the Office of Human Resources prior to beginning work. The stipend is paid in the form of a bi-monthly salary typically beginning August 30th.

6. Hiring Paperwork is Approved

The department will notify the Graduate School if the student has been offered a graduate assistantship and the proper paperwork will be submitted. Please contact the department to determine if you have been selected as a graduate assistant.

7. Begin Work

Once approved, the following steps will take place: 1) The student will report to their hiring department and begin the 20 weekly hours of work during the first week of classes, 2) An award letter/contract will be issued to the student from the Graduate School. This contract must be signed and returned in order for the GA appointment to be valid.


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"The choice to matriculate in the MPA program at MSU is the best decision I have made in my education. With the tools I received during my graduate studies and sincere attention given to me by the faculty, I am more than equipped to enjoy a successful career in my chosen field."

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