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ASSISTANTSHIPS

A graduate assistant is a student enrolled in The Graduate School who assists, under faculty supervision, in the conduct of the university’s total education program. Graduate assistants may serve as teaching assistants (GTA or ITA), research assistants (RA), or perform administrative duties (GA).

  • Graduate assistants usually qualify for in-state tuition
  • Stipend amounts vary by programs
  • Graduate assistants may not work more than 20 hours per week and are discouraged from having additional employment on or off campus

Most graduate teaching and research assistantships are awarded by home departments. Along with tuition reductions and stipends, students often gain valuable teaching and research experience.

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for an assistantship a graduate student must (1) be enrolled in a degree program and in good standing and (2) be registered for a least six graduate credit hours. Exceptions for the enrollment load requirement must be approved by The Graduate School.

TA TRAINING

Prior to performing teaching duties, a graduate teaching assistant must attend a university-wide or departmental-specific TA Training workshop hosted by the Center for Teaching Excellence - CTE.

ENGLISH PROFICIENCY

The South Carolina Legislature mandates that all instructors at the university have adequate proficiency in English. International graduate students for whom English is not the primary language can be appointed as teaching assistants only if oral proficiency in English has been evaluated as satisfactory by the faculty of the English Programs for Internationals (EPI).

FINDING AN ASSISTANTSHIP

Many graduate programs offer graduate assistantships to new or continuing graduate students. To inquire about graduate assistantships offered by your program, please contact your program directly. Graduate Assistantships may also be offered by departments outside your program.

  • The USC Career Center advertises a majority of USC graduate staff assistantships
  • The Graduate School also posts graduate assistantships to the Bulletin Board, Twitter and Facebook
  • If you are an academic department and would like to post a new graduate assistantship opportunity or change a current opportunity listed, please contact the USC Career Center.

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