Graduate Assistantships

General Requirements

Graduate Assistantships are available to assist students with expenses while studying for advanced degrees. To be eligible for a graduate assistantship in the music department, a student must be admitted to a Masters degree program at Missouri State University. Preference will be given to students admitted to the Master of Music degree program. Since most Graduate Assistants in the music department have some teaching duties, applicants should have a particular musical expertise to be considered. The student must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work, or a minimum GPA of 3.0 on 9 or more hours of graduate course work. Graduate Assistants work up to 20 hours per week.

The graduate assistantship provides a stipend for the academic year (nine months) and a tuition scholarship for up to 12 hours of course work in fall and spring semesters for a total of 35 credits. A graduate assistant is required to complete a minimum of 6 hours of graduate course work (600-700 level) during each semester of appointment. Additional information on graduate assistantship requirements is available online.


To apply for an assistantship, one must submit an application to:

Dr. John Prescott, Graduate Coordinator
Graduate Studies in Music
Missouri State University
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO  65897

The date of first consideration for applications will be December 1, 2017. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Interviews will be scheduled as applications are reviewed.

Positions available

Positions that will be available beginning in the Fall 2018 semester are:

  • Band
  • Choral
  • Orchestra
  • Piano
  • Voice (Opera)
  • Theory

The complete listing of requirements for these positions is available online.