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Assistantships

A limited number of research, staff and teaching assistantships are available annually in all graduate programs and can be awarded to students who are fully admitted, degree-seeking students. Individual programs offer graduate assistantships, as do a number of offices on campus.

The student who is awarded an assistantship is required to carry at least the minimum course load required of a full-time graduate student at the College of Charleston (nine hours of graduate coursework per semester) and must maintain a satisfactory grade point average of at least a 3.0. A student must be admitted as a degree-seeking student in order to be considered for a graduate assistantship.

Graduate assistantships also carry the possibility of an abatement for out-of-state students, which are funds that cover the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition.

Stipends/Workloads
The minimum stipend for a 2014-2015 academic year graduate assistantship is $12,400. The assistantship is paid for actual hours worked per week, for 300 hours a semester, and may vary by type of assistantship:

  • Graduate assistantship - $6,200 per semester
  • Teaching assistantship - $6,650 per semester
  • Research assistantship - $6,200 a semester (minimum)

If you are interested in an assistantship, take the following steps:

  • Contact your program director 
  • Check CISTERNonline (Select "1-click searches," then "on-campus part-time jobs" and refine your search with the keyword "graduate.")
  • Submit your application and a copy of your résumé to the Graduate School office and to your program director. The Graduate School will forward the paperwork to any office you wish. Graduate assistantship applications are kept on file in the Graduate School office for one year. For those students that are looking for an assistantship for less than half time enrollment submit your application.

If you have an assistantship and need to know how to enter your time online, view this PowerPoint presentation.

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