Graduate Assistantships

Each year Wichita State University awards a number of assistantships for advanced study. Assistantships are offered in most departments offering advanced degrees and are awarded primarily on the basis of a student's academic record and demonstrated teaching, research, and leadership abilities, together with any other available supporting evidence. Students wishing to be considered for assistantships, fellowships, or other forms of financial awards should indicate their interest to their graduate coordinator or department chair as soon as possible after notification of admission. Applications for assistantships should be mailed directly to the program area where the assistantship is desired.

Students must be admitted to a degree program in either full or conditional standing. Students admitted on probation or placed on academic probation following admission may be eligible for assistantship awards under certain circumstances. Undergraduate students admitted under the Senior Rule option, or in accelerated bachelor's to master's programs are not normally considered for assistantship awards.

Recipients of a full-time graduate assistantship may not work more than a total of twenty hours per week. Some exceptions may be made to this limit for students who are not on a student visa.

A graduate teaching assistantship may qualify the recipient for up to a 100 percent waiver of tuition for up to 12 graduate credit hours per semester. Potential applicants for graduate teaching assistantships who are non-native speakers of English must first attain a score of 50 or above on the Test of Spoken English (TSE)/SPEAK, OR a score of 23 or higher on the speaking portion of the Internet Based TOEFL (iBT), OR achieve a score of 7.0 or higher on the Speaking portion of the IELTS exam. Scores must be less than 2 years old. The department chair or graduate coordinator should be contacted for further information. The actual dollar amount of an assistantship varies according to the length of the appointment, the number of hours worked per week, and the funding base within each department. At Wichita State University, assistantships appointments are made on a semester by semester basis.