Graduate Assistantships

Learn while earning a stipend and reduced tuition.

Every semester, we offer graduate assistantships to qualified students. An assistantship is a great way to apply your skills and knowledge while enjoying reduced tuition as well as a stipend.

Which programs offer graduate assistantships?

You can currently get a graduate assistantship for our MSIS, MSCF, MSAMSET, MSCS, and Ph.D.IS programs.

What kind of graduate assistantships are available?

You can apply for a GTA, a GRA, or a GAA. Here’s what that means:

  • GTA or Graduate Teaching Assistant: Your primary responsibility would be to either teach or assist DSU faculty in teaching.
  • GRA or Graduate Research Assistant: You would conduct research and assist faculty with their research.
  • GAA or Graduate Administrative Assistant: You would help provide administrative assistance to various offices on campus.

Am I eligible for a graduate assistantship?

We award assistantships to graduate students whose skills and abilities match our needs. It’s a competitive process, and to be eligible, you must:

  • Be a regularly admitted graduate student, and able to devote your full attention to the graduate program. Students with conditional or special student status are not eligible for assistantships until their status changes to regular admit.
  • Be registered for (or willing to register for) a normal course load concurrent with the appointment.
  • Not be employed full-time outside of the university. Graduate students with other full-time employment are normally not considered for assistantships.
  • Have completed your GRE, and have your official scores sent to the graduate office.

If you are an international student, you must hold an F-1 visa and have (or be in the process of obtaining) a Social Security number. Students with non-student visas are not eligible for an assistantship until they have obtained the F-1 visa.

How do I apply to become a graduate assistant?

You’ll be able to apply for a graduate assistantship within the main graduate program application.

If you didn't apply for an assistantship with your main application, you may fill out our application (PDF). If you’d like to apply for the MSET graduate assistantship, it has its own separate application (PDF).

What are the responsibilities and requirements?

To work as a graduate assistant, you must:

  • Work part-time (up to 19.5 hours per week) at DSU, usually in a job related to your program of study.
  • Maintain a 3.25 GPA in order to have your assistantship renewed each semester.
  • Be a regularly admitted full-time student.

What do I get?

Our graduate assistants get:

  • Reduced rate for on-campus courses and off-campus courses as approved each year by the South Dakota Board of Regents.


Your assistantship application must be submitted along with your application for admission. You will find out whether you have received a graduate assistantship after you are admitted to your graduate program.

  • Fall semester: April 15
  • Spring semester: October 15


Feel free to contact us if we can give you any additional information about our graduate assistantship program.

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