Graduate Assistantships

Each year the Department sets aside a number of Graduate Assistantship for entering PhD students. In the current academic year, graduate assistants received a total financial package of at least $21,854 for a level 1, ½-time assistantship. This package includes a stipend, a waiver of up to nine credit hours tuition each term, health insurance coverage, and for out-of-state students, waiver of out-of-state tuition. College , University, and Departmental Fellowships are available also. Students recruited with assistantships may expect a minimum of five years of support so long as they make satisfactory progress in their studies.

The call for assistantship applications will go out mid-spring via the graduate student email list. All students who wish to be considered for an assistanship must  fill out an application. Applications will be reviewed by the graduate committee, if selected for a fall or spring appointment students will receive their assistantship letter by April 22. The assistantship application can be found here but is subject to change, so students are advised to monitor their email. Questions about the assitantship application process should be directed to Elyse Hansen hanse119@msu.edu.

The following is a list of courses that typically required a TA*:

HST 140
HST 150
HST 202
HST 203
HST 213
HST 320
HST 324
HST 329
HST 368
HST 392
IAH 201
IAH 202
IAH 203
IAH 204
IAH 205
ISS 210
ISS 220
ISS 325
ISS 330A
ISS 330C
ISS 335

*These courses change from semester to semester. To see what courses received TA’s check unit codes HST, ISS, and IAH on the schedule of courses website.