To be eligible for an assistantship, students must be admitted to a degree-granting program and be in good academic standing. The student must have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 and must be continuously enrolled in at least 6 graduate level credits (600-700) throughout the duration of the assistantship (upon approval of the Graduate Dean, English Bridge Course credits may be used to help satisfy the enrollment requirements.)
A student enrolled in a prescribed program is ineligible for a teaching or research assistantship.
State-funded assistantships (TA/RA) may be held for a maximum of:
While the Graduate School cannot monitor outside or additional employment for students on assistantships, such additional work is discouraged as it may impede academic success and timely progress towards degree completion. In some departments, acceptance of an assistantship is contingent upon agreeing to limited additional employment. The Graduate School is responsible for approval of graduate assistantships after a department has requested the initiation of a contract. All positions are contingent upon available funding.
International students serving as Teaching Assistants must meet minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores. TOEFL and Test of Spoken English (TSE) minimum scores are below:
|Requirement Part A - Test||Score||Requirement Part B - Test||Score|
|TOEFL paper version||550 or better||Speak Test or Test of Spoken English (TSE)||50 or better|
|TOEFL computer version||213 or better||Speak Test or Test of Spoken English (TSE)||50 or better|
|TOEFL Internet-based version (iBT)||79/80 or better||TOEFL internet based – speaking section OR Speak Test or Test of Spoken English (TSE)||24 or better/50 or better|
|International Language Testing System (IELTS)||7 or better||Speak Test or Test of Spoken English (TSE)||50 or better|
The University's Intensive English Language Center (IELC) has resources to assist International Students. The IELC also administers the SPEAK test, which costs $60. Contact the IELC at (775) 784-6075 to schedule a test.
For more information about Graduate Assistantships please visit the Human Resources, Graduate Assistantships page.