Graduate Assistantships

The information below will answer basic questions about our assistantship process whether you are a student or supervisor. If you have questions regarding graduate assistantships not addressed below, please send an email to or call 724.738.2001. We are glad to help you.

The student application process for graduate assistantships is managed through Handshake. Instruction videos about using Handshake and searching for positions are available here. The FAQ list has additional information, including how to access positions as a prospective student without an SRU email.  

Slippery Rock University offers over 90 full and part-time graduate assistantships each academic year for eligible graduate students.  Students may be awarded up to four semesters of assistantship for one graduate degree.  Graduate assistantships may be awarded for one semester or a year at a time at the discretion of the assistantship supervisor, so students are not guaranteed a specific placement for four semesters. You may find a list of assistantships offered in Fall 2023 below.

Full-time assistantships are assigned 3, 6, or 9 credits in tuition waiver depending on the complexity of the job duties. Position descriptions in Handshake indicate the tuition waiver and stipend hours. All full-time assistantships require 262.5 hours of paid work each semester, which averages to 17.5 hours per week, and the associated salary (stipend) is $10 per hour. Half-time assistantship waivers are half of the credits of the full-time waiver: 4.5, 3, or 1.5 credits, with half the full-time work hours required. Students can only have one assistantship at a time, and half-time assistantships cannot be stacked to provide additional tuition waivers or stipend hours.

Summer assistantships differ from fall and spring assistantships and do not come with a credit waiver. Graduate assistantships offered in the summer are very limited and students must apply for these positions separately.  Summer positions do not count as part of the four- semester maximum mentioned above. Please refer to the chart below under Work Schedule: Summer. Finally, students cannot start their assistantship before the semester for which they are admitted to their graduate program. For example, students who are admitted for the fall semester cannot begin their assistantship during the previous summer.

Some Slippery Rock graduate programs are 100% online. Students enrolled in online graduate programs are eligible to have graduate assistantships, but are expected to work on campus for their required hours. Graduate assistantships are not appropriate for students who live beyond commuting distance to campus or for students who do not wish to work face-to-face.

SRU does not offer winter graduate assistantship positions. The winter term is short and campus offices are closed during most of the break.