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Graduate School

Graduate Assistantships

New Graduate Assistants for fall 2017 are welcome to attend orientation on Tuesday, August 29, 2017, 5:00-5:30PM in the EMU Student Center Auditorium. The general new graduate student orientation will take place directly afterwards from 5:30-6:30PM. For more information on orientation visit our orientation page.

Parking for the Event: Park in the Student Center Guest Lot off of Oakwood Blvd.  Take a parking ticket when entering the Student Center Guest Lot.  The exit gate will be opened at 5:00 pm and you will not need to pay for parking when exiting the Student CenterGuest Lot.

For further information, contact:

Ginny Bender 
HR Coordinator, Talent Acquisition 
Eastern Michigan University 
140 McKenny Hall 
Ypsilanti, MI 48197 
Phone: (734) 487-7101 


1.  The graduate assistant (GA) applicant must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or recognized international institution of higher education.

2.  The GA applicant must be full or conditionally (conditions 1, 2 or 3) admitted to a graduate program of study. Applicants with condition 4 status because of low grade-point average are NOT ELIGIBLE for graduate assistantships. Students with admission for continuing education, non-degree and teacher certification are also not eligible for a graduate assistantship.

3.  Once admitted and awarded a GA, a 3.0 graduate grade-point average must be maintained to continue satisfactory progress toward completing the program of study.

4.  International students must have an F-1 or J-1 visa or official work permit to be a GA.

5.  Need-Based/Work-Study GA applicants must also complete the required financial aid forms through the Office of Financial Aid. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be submitted by March 1 for priority consideration for the following Fall semester. Even if a student qualifies for a WS-GA position, there are a limited number of positions available across campus.

6.  A GA award WILL impact other financial aid; communicate with the Financial Aid office.

To Keep a Graduate Assistantship Position, the student must:

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours if appointed Fall and Winter semesters, and 1 credit for the Summer semester
  • Make progress toward completing a graduate program of study filed with the Office of Records and Registration, without an excessive number of incompletes or course withdrawals.


For a full-time, academic-year GA appointment, the University provides a tuition scholarship for up to 18 credit hours in each academic year (September 1 to August 31) of the assistantship. For graduate assistants who are appointed to part-time positions and for GAs who begin employment after the start of the semester, the number of credit hours covered by the award will be prorated.

The graduate assistantship program also covers any tuition differential associated with certain courses. This award does not pay mandatory fees (general fee, student center fee and technology fee), new student record initiation fee, registration fee, late registration fee, drop fees or late fees applied when bills are not paid.

Graduate assistants will obtain from their department secretary a white GA card that is used to receive library privileges and a 10 percent discount on items purchased at the bookstore in the Student Center.

Graduate assistants receive priority registration, provided they register online by the date specified by the Office of Records and Registration as noted in the Class Schedule Book or Web site (same date as undergraduate Honors students).

Intangible benefits of appointment as a graduate assistant include close contact with faculty and other graduate students, valuable employment experience within an academic setting, and the opportunity to devote one's energies to academic work.


Compensation rates are determined by the hiring office

Application Process

Applicants must either seek an assistantship through their academic department/school or find one online. When a job opening appears, you may complete an application and upload a resume, letters of recommendation or other hiring materials requested by the department. Once the first application has been submitted and you are applying to additional positions, your previously entered information will carry over into the application form where it can be edited.

Most departments/schools seek applications in Feb/March for fall appointments. Offices will review the submitted materials, interview candidates and select a GA. Once an appointment decision has been made, the department sends a letter of offer to the applicant and hiring paperwork (a Personnel Action Form or PAF) to EMU Human Resources. Once it is confirmed that the applicant meets the eligibility requirements, EMU Human Resources enters the stipend information into the payroll database system and, Student Business Services and the Office of Financial Aid are notified to process the tuition/fee scholarship.

Communication regarding this award will be sent to the "local" address. Domestic students through their my.emich account should update this address. Within 10 days of a move, international students (F and J visa holders) must update their address through the Office of International Students who then will convey the change to the Student Exchange and Visitor Information System (SEVIS).

Faculty Resources

Graduate School, 200 Boone Hall Phone: 734.487.0042,