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, research assistants, or perform administrative duties.
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.
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.
Approximately 40 percent of graduate students at the University of South Carolina are awarded assistantships. Most teaching and research assistantships are awarded at time of admission. To inquire about assistantships offered by your program, please contact your program directly. Graduate assistantships may also be offered by departments outside your program.
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.
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).