Op3.16-1 Student Eligibility
- A student must be admitted to a graduate program at Missouri State University to be eligible for a graduate assistantship. A minimum GPA of 3.00 on the undergraduate cumulative, last 60 hours, or graduate cumulative (minimum of 9 hours) is required. This requirement established by the Graduate Council is designed to ensure that assistantships allow the University to attract and support high quality graduate students. In very rare circumstances an exception may be made to the 3.00 GPA requirement. Requests for exceptions are to be made to the Graduate College by the department/office wishing to hire the student as graduate assistant. Personnel Action Forms for graduate assistants not meeting eligibility requirements should not be submitted unless approval to do so has been given by the Graduate Associate Dean.
- A graduate assistant is required to complete a minimum of 6 hours of graduate course work (600-800 level) during the fall semester and 6 hours of graduate level coursework during the spring semester. A student may hold an assistantship in the summer without being enrolled in coursework, as long as she or he is enrolled in the subsequent fall semester. A graduate assistant may enroll is as little as one credit hour during the final semester as long as she or he has applied to graduate and the reduced course load is sufficient to graduate. Audited classes do not count toward the required minimum credits. Dropping classes mid semester may endanger the student’s eligibility in retaining the GA position.
- Given the time commitment to successfully complete a program of graduate study and effectively execute assistantship responsibilities, graduate students who hold a full-time assistantship are not eligible to work an additional job on campus, and are discouraged from working a second job off campus. If there are occasional special opportunities that involve additional compensation, requests for exceptions can be made to the Dean of the Graduate College.
- A student in a master's degree program may hold an assistantship for a maximum of two years (including fall, spring, and summer), and a student admitted to a certificate program may hold an assistantship for two semesters. A student is eligible for a third year of assistantship support if she or he has completed all requirements for a master's degree (and has graduated) and is admitted to a second master's degree, has graduated, and is admitted to a graduate certificate program. Also, a student in a doctoral program is eligible for a third year of assistantship support. Graduate assistants are not eligible to work at any other paid position at Missouri State University during the time of their assistantship. Assistants must maintain a 3.00 GPA to continue eligibility.