Graduate Assistantship

Graduate assistantships are available for interested and qualified master’s degree students each academic year. The application deadline is March 1. Applications will still be accepted after March 1, and these students will be placed on a waiting list to be considered for any graduate assistantship positions that may become available. 

There are two types of graduate assistantships. Both are competitive and are based on the requirements listed below.  The assistantship includes 10 hours of work per week at $12 an hour in the fall and spring semesters when classes are in session.  Graduate assistants receive tuition remission for fall and spring semesters when classes are in session, excluding summer and winter sessions. The student is responsible for all fees.

Students are welcome to submit a graduate assistant application even if they have not had a decision on their admissions application. The School of Graduate Studies will monitor admissions applications as they go through the process.  

The assistantship is for one academic year and may be renewable for a second year. Current graduate assistants interested in continuing for another year must reapply. There is a mid-year and end-year evaluation. 

Graduate Program Assistantship Details

Graduate program assistantships are intended to encourage and assist students to pursue their course of graduate study, provide students with professional development opportunities and work experience, and support university projects.

Graduate Research Assistantship Details

Graduate research assistantships are designed to link a graduate student with a faculty member on a meaningful research project, which may lead to a presentation at a conference, a joint publication, or other significant professional activity.

Eligibility Requirements

Before submitting an application, please review the requirements below to ensure that you are eligible for a graduate assistantship. The School of Graduate Studies will verify your eligibility. Current Salem State University employees are not eligible for graduate assistantships.

Selection Criteria  

  • Be unconditionally admitted into a master’s degree program at Salem State University (required)
  • Enrollment in at least six credits each semester (required)
  • Minimum 3.0 undergraduate or 3.5 graduate GPA (preferred)
  • If required for admissions, satisfactory scores on standardized tests, TOEFL or IELTS (preferred)
  • Students may not have more than one graduate assistantship position at a time.


Please download the graduate assistantship student application to be considered: Academic year 2015-2016.

Award Information

Graduate assistants are awarded tuition remission (not fees) for fall and spring semesters when classes are in session (excluding summer and winter sessions).  The student is responsible for all fees.  Tuition remission is considered a financial resource in any financial aid award.

In addition, each full-time assistantship carries payment for work performed. The hourly rate of pay is $12, based upon a 10-hour work week while classes are in session. Payment is bi-weekly.  

General Information

Please review our Frequently Asked Questions for more detailed information about the program, positions, benefits, and more.

Contact us:
Maria Leighton
School of Graduate Studies
Salem State University
352 Lafayette Street
Salem, MA  01970
Phone:  978.542.6321
Fax: 978.542.7215