Eligibility Criteria for a Graduate Assistantship

Eligibility criteria for full consideration for a Graduate Assistantship at ESU include the following criteria:

  1. Admission decision – An applicant must receive an admission decision of Admission, Pre-Candidacy (Full) or Admission, with Conditions.
  2. Academic qualifications – All applicants must be highly qualified academically. For new students, an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) overall, and 3.0 in the major; high scores on a graduate school admission test; a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in graduate coursework; or other evidence of high academic achievement is required. Continuing graduate students must be in Academic Good Standing.
  3. Enrollment status – An applicant must be enrolled a minimum of nine graduate credits for the semester for which the Graduate Assistantship is awarded.
  4. Additional requirements – Some graduate assistantships have additional eligibility criteria, such as initial certification, specialized skills, or other attributes/qualifications.

Exceptions to these eligibility requirements may only be made upon written recommendation of the student’s academic department, endorsed by the student’s college dean, and with the approval of the graduate dean.