Graduate Assistantships – Everything you need to know

Every year, The College of Saint Rose places graduate students in assistantships across our campus, giving them the opportunity to supplement their academic experiences with meaningful professional activities in a faculty or administrative office.

So, what does a graduate assistant (GA) do? There are about 100 positions in a wide variety of settings.  Possible placements include the Career Center, the Community Service Office, and the Office of Alumni Relations. Students can also work as a GA in an academic department, where the nature of the work is heavily dependent on the faculty or Dean’s needs. For example, a GA in Alumni Relations may help develop the alumni newsletter and plan events, whereas a GA in the English department may serve as a research assistant to English faculty members.

The program offers some great benefits to students. Students get to know the inner workings of their department or office throughout the year, gaining work experience and learning new skills. One of the main benefits of working on campus is that supervisors understand students’ responsibilities, so they are usually flexible with scheduling your work hours. Graduate assistantships are also a key form of financial aid. Students who successfully complete their graduate assistantship are awarded a $3,200 tuition grant each semester.

There are a few key qualifications to becoming a graduate assistant. First, you must be a full-time graduate student at Saint Rose (that means you must be registered for at least 9 credits per semester). In addition, graduate assistants must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 throughout the assistantship period. Last, graduate assistantships are awarded for the full academic year (Fall and Spring semesters), and students must work 150 hours per semester.

Applications for graduate assistantships will be available in early April. Keep checking here for updates about the application process. After you submit your GA application, you may be contacted by an office or department for an interview. The selection process is competitive, so make sure you highlight your interests and achievements on your application. Focusing on previous experience in higher education (work-study jobs, residence life assignments, student government or other activities) will make your application stronger.

If you have any questions about the graduate assistantship program, contact Graduate Admissions at or call 518-454-5143.

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