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 graduate.assistantships@sru.edu or call 724.738.2001. We are glad to help you.

Effective July 30, 2022, the student application process for graduate assistantships has changed to Handshake! Instruction videos about using Handshake and searching for positions are available here. Students interested in exploring our graduate assistantship openings should start by viewing the GA Student Instruction Video. .

Slippery Rock University offers 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. Graduate assistantships are awarded as follows: one-quarter, half-time, three-quarter time, and full-time positions. You may find breakdown information below.

Summer assistantships differ from fall and spring assistantships in tuition waiver and stipend.  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 even if they want to take a class.

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.