Graduate Assistantships


UNCP offers a number of graduate assistantships to qualified graduate students.

Requirements- GAs must:

  • work 20 hours a week during the academic semester;
  • be formally accepted into a master’s program;
  • carry a minimum of nine (9) graduate credit hours per semester or three hours during each summer term in which they are employed. GAs in their final semester may request to take a reduced course load of six (6) semester hours;
  • have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA (continuing students);
  • agree to complete one professional development workshop/event per each semester of employment;
  • participate in the annual Graduate Research Symposium, held in early April;
  • not be otherwise employed at UNCP without permission;
  • submit all of the required employment paperwork by the specified due dates; and
  • be professional in their GAship.

Graduate Assistantship (GA) appointments:

  • may or may not be renewed;
  • may be terminated if GA fails to comply with the professional development and symposium participation requirements, as well as other academic requirements;
  • may be terminated if GA  is unprofessional or duties are not being satisfactorily performed;
  • typically begin with the first day of classes and end the last day of classes; and
  • are generally not available during the summer months.



The remuneration for Graduate School-awarded GAs will be $9000 a year or $4500 a semester. In addition, The Graduate School provides tuition awards typically of around $600/semester for in-state GAs, and five out-of-state/international tuition awards of $4500 a semester, $9000 a year. The number of available GA positions is limited and these positions are generally distributed at the discretion of the hiring program director. 

GAships funded by a department or program may have different remunerations and typically do not come with a tuition award.


Department/Program funded GAships

Departments or programs may wish to hire a GA through their own funds (not funded through The Graduate School).  Note:

  • Requirements should closely align with those paid through The Graduate School,
  • positions should be first approved by The Graduate School (send a position description), and
  • paperwork is to run through The Graduate School. 

Departments may also consider hiring student workers (who may be graduate students) but they are not to be called Graduate Assistants.


To apply/search for positions:

  • Your first point of contact about GA opportunities should be your graduate program director. Tell your program director of your interest in a graduate assistantship and see if s/he has a position available. Don't procrastinate - hiring decisions are usually made in late spring or summer before the beginning of the new academic year, so the sooner you let your PD know of your interest, the better.
  • Some positions may be posted on the Career Center Brave Opportunities page. Search and apply for available positions. Contact the Career Center (910-521-6270) for assistance.

Graduate students may also apply for student worker, non-Graduate Assistant, positions for which they are eligible.


Read the Graduate Assistant Hiring Process below and general directions for Supervisors and G.A.'s.


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