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We offer more than 800 graduate assistant positions to students annually at Ball State.
We love to tell prospective students about our graduate assistantship program because it is a great way for them to fund their education.
Being a graduate assistant (GA) has many advantages, but most important, it offers the opportunity to gain meaningful professional experience while pursuing your master’s or doctoral degree. We’ve heard from many GAs who say that their academic program opens the door for a job opportunity, but that their GA experience seals the deal.
Full-time GAs work 20 hours a week and receive a majority waiver of their tuition cost and a stipend determined by the department. Part-time assistants work 10 hours a week and receive a waiver for 55% of their tuition cost and a stipend. Both full-time and part-time graduate assistants also have to pay several fees. Detailed information can be found here.
Type of Assistantships
There are three types of assistantships offered to graduate students.
- Research—assist with department research projects
- Service—work in an administrative or office setting
- Teaching—instruct or assist in the instruction of undergraduate students
We are proud to offer additional benefits for previous McNair Scholars. The Graduate School has funds to support about 10 graduate assistant positions for these students. The award is for one year and can be renewed for one additional year. McNair Scholars can also receive an application fee waiver by providing certification from their local McNair program director. Please mention your McNair Scholar status in your application.
Benefits of a Graduate Assistantship
Benefits of a graduate assistantship include:
Additionally, all graduate students:
- majority waiver of tuition (full-time GAs are still required to pay about $1,500 each semester for remaining tuition costs and several university fees). Please follow this link for more information.
- possibility of tuition/fee remission in the summer. In order to be eligible for tuition/fee remission for the summer term, you must either have worked for both semesters of the previous academic year (Fall and Spring terms), or you must have worked the previous spring term and have been renewed for the following fall term.
- stipend (amount is determined by your hiring department) deposited electronically and directly through the Office of Payroll and Employee Benefits on a biweekly basis (also during holidays and breaks)
- University Bookstore discounts
- Indiana resident tuition for your spouse or children while you are a graduate assistant
- can access services at the Ball State Federal Credit Union
- receive free tickets to regularly scheduled athletic events
- receive free or discounted tickets to performances at Emens Auditorium, University Theatre, and more
- qualify for a Muncie Public Library card
To be eligible for a graduate assistant position, students must meet the following requirements:
- good academic standing (no academic probationary status)
- for master’s students, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in their undergraduate degree (or 3.0 in the latter half of previous degree). Some departments may have higher GPA admissions standards
- for doctoral students, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2. Some departments may have higher GPA admissions standards
- enrollment in at least 6 credit hours per semester or 3 hours in a five-week session
- official academic transcript(s)
- regular (not probationary or conditional) acceptance into a graduate degree program
- completion of bachelor’s degree for master’s graduate assistants
- completion of master’s degree for most doctoral graduate assistants. (Check individual programs for specific requirements)
- additional department-specific prerequisites
Find a Graduate Assistantship
The best place to start when looking for a graduate assistantship is to contact your program director. They can inform you about opportunities within your academic department or at other offices on campus.
Typically, most graduate assistantships start in the fall.
You can find openings within or outside of your academic department. They are posted on the Career Center website.
Find Openings through the Career Center