Graduate Assistantships

Engineering Graduate Assistantships are highly competitive programs that build and enhance your professional skills and defray tuition costs. 

These assistantships provide tuition remission for highly qualified graduate students in exchange for work in an engineering academic department.  GAs are mentored by faculty to support their learning and strengthen their professional and leadership skills.  They also enjoy department activities, leadership and professional development opportunities.

Graduate Assistantships are offered in two engineering M.S. programs:

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering

Each of the assistantships seeks to enrich students’ professional qualifications and help advance their career goals through valuable hands-on experience.  An interview is required (in-person or Skype), as are demonstrated leadership, academic, and communication skills.  Graduate Assistants must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits per semester to be eligible for a fellowship.  

Students working with professor in a classroomGraduate Assistantships are available in two types:

Full Graduate Assistantship: This assistantship covers $20,000 of graduate tuition (excluding fees), while the graduate student works up to 20 hours per week in their academic department, assigned to a specific faculty member(s) during their two semesters of graduate work (one academic year).  An in-person interview is required, as are exceptional leadership, academic, and communication skills.

Partial Graduate Assistantship: This assistantship covers $10,000 of graduate tuition (excluding fees), while the graduate student works up to 10 hours per week in their academic department, assigned to a specific faculty member(s) during their two semesters of graduate work (one academic year).  An interview is required (in-person or Skype), as are demonstrated leadership, academic, and communication skills. 

How to Apply for a Graduate Assistantship

Graduate assistantships are available for spring 2019 and for fall 2019.  Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, but before January 1 for spring and March 15 for fall.  Students who are admitted to one of our engineering master’s degrees are eligible to apply.