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UTSA has been one of the state's fastest-growing public universities for the last decade. The UTSA Graduate School currently offers over 100 doctoral and master's programs and certificates to choose from and we currently enroll over 4500 students.
Types of Assistantships
There are several types of assistantships available to graduate students at UTSA. Specific job descriptions are available from the hiring department, but the following information provides a general overview of the responsibilities for each type of assistantship. Assignment(s) cannot exceed a total of 19 hours per week. Students interested in assistantships need to contact and apply within a department or visit Handshake.
Graduate Research Assistants I & II
- The primary focus for all graduate research assistants is to assist the Principal Investigator/faculty in conducting research or other scholarly activities. Duties include assisting with research in laboratories and research facilities under the supervision of the Principal Investigator.
- As research lab and projects vary, job duties and expectations must be finalized upon hire.
- While graduate research assistants are committed to performing assigned tasks, their scholarly work is typically suitable for and may be used as part of their research report, thesis, or dissertation research to the extent approved by the faculty supervisor.
- Graduate Research Assistant I – Master’s students and doctoral students pre-Qualifying Exam
- Graduate Research Assistant II – Doctoral students post-Qualifying Exam
- All GRA within the same program MUST be appointed at the same salary level regardless of funding source, unless the student has earned an external individual fellowship or been appointed on an extramural training grant where the pay rate may be higher.
Graduate Teaching Assistants I & II
- The primary focus for the graduate teaching assistant is to support the faculty member or the department with the conduct and delivery of a course or courses. Teaching assistants are supervised by the course instructor and/or other designated faculty and are subject to departmental policies.
Job Duties and Expectations:
- All duties performed by teaching assistants shall be under the supervision and direction of a designated member of the faculty.
- Such duties may include course development, lecturing, grading, monitoring, leading lab and/or discussion sessions, maintaining office hours, evaluating student work, performing administrative duties as it pertains to the class.
- All students who serve as graduate teaching assistants and who have no prior teaching experience are required to participate in a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) training program.
- Teaching Assistant I – minimum bachelor’s degree
- Teaching Assistant II – minimum 18 hours of graduate level coursework
- All GTA within the same program MUST be appointed at the same salary level regardless of funding source, unless the student has earned an external individual fellowship or been appointed on an extramural training grant where the pay rate may be higher.
Graduate Service Assistants
- The primary responsibility of a Graduate Service Assistant is to provide support within a specific unit to gain working knowledge and/or develop career-specific skills. Service assistants report to an administrator and/or professional member of the unit who will supervise and mentor the student.
- As the service assistant’s duties vary depending on the unit’s specialization, assigned duties should support the student’s academic career and future career-readiness and expectations must be finalized upon hire. Students are anticipated to have the knowledge and/or experience in the area they will be providing service in.
Graduate Administrative Assistants
- The primary responsibility of a Graduate Administrative Assistant is so provide administrative support to a department
- As an administrative assistant duties vary, job duties and expectations must be finalized upon hire.
College Funding Opportunities
- Alvaraez College of Business (ACOB) funding opportunities found here
- College of Engineering and Integrated Design (CEID) funding opportunities found here
- College of Science (COS) funding opportunities found here
- College of Liberal and Fine Arts (COLFA) funding opportunities found here
- College for Health, Community and Policy (HCaP) funding opportunities found here
- College of Education and Human Development (COEHD) funding opportunities found here
Student Position Guide, Funded Award Letter Template, and FAQs are available here.
Academic Eligibility Requirements
Graduate students must meet the following academic eligibility requirements to hold an assistantship:
- Must be in academic good standing.
- Making satisfactory progress toward a graduate degree and meeting all milestones.
- Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.
- Must be enrolled full-time, 9 hours in long semester (fall and spring) and 3 hours in summer to be appointed for full graduate assistantship of 19 hours per week.
- Minimum enrollment of 6 hours in long semester (fall and spring) and 1 hour in a summer semester to be appointed for a partial graduate assistantship of between 10 and 15 hours per week.
- Graduate students enrolled for less than 6 hours in the long semesters and less than 1 hour in the summer are ineligible for any graduate assistantship appointment.
In-State Tuition Eligibility Requirements
Graduate students awarded a competitive scholarship of at least $1,000 will receive in-state tuition for the academic year.