Graduate Assistantships

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The University provides a limited number of teaching and research assistantships for qualified graduate students. Stipends vary according to assignment and educational level of the applicant.

Applications for assistantships may be secured from the Graduate School website . The application must be filed with the head of the academic component in which the assistantship is sought for review and recommendation.

A graduate student on scholastic probation may not hold a graduate assistantship.

A student who holds a graduate assistantship at the Texas Woman’s University may not hold a graduate assistantship at any other college or university concurrently.

A student who holds a graduate assistantship at the Texas Woman’s University may not hold a student assistantship at the University concurrently, unless approved by the Dean of the Graduate School.

A person who holds a full-time position may not hold a graduate teaching assistantship. A person who holds a full-time position may hold a graduate research assistantship.

International students must demonstrate English speaking proficiency through one of the following in order to hold a graduate teaching assistantship:

  • score of 26 or higher on the TOEFL iBT speaking section
  • score of 7.5 or higher on the IELTS Speaking Test
  • score of 4 or higher on the MELAB Speaking Test

A graduate teaching assistant who is working toward the master’s degree may be assigned teach to undergraduate courses only. A graduate teaching assistant who holds the master’s degree and is working toward the doctoral degree may be assigned to teach undergraduate courses. Only under extremely unusual circumstances or in cases of demonstrated expertise or experience may a graduate teaching assistant working toward the doctorate be assigned to teach master’s level courses. This arrangement must be reviewed and approved in advance by the Dean of the Graduate School. A graduate teaching assistant may not be assigned to teach doctoral level courses. An exception at the discretion of the Dean of the Graduate School may be made in the case of graduate teaching assistants who have demonstrated unusual expertise or experience.

The maximum course load for a student who holds a graduate assistantship of approximately half time is 12 semester credit hours. The recommended course load for a graduate assistant with an appointment of approximately half time is nine semester credit hours. The minimum course load for a graduate assistant with an appointment of approximately half time is six semester credit hours (students enrolled over summer should consult with the Graduate School). Graduate students who are enrolled for professional paper, thesis, or dissertation will be permitted to register for the number of semester credit hours required by their programs so long as clear evidence of progress on the research paper can be demonstrated. (Note: International students must follow the guidelines of International Education .)