Graduate Assistantships

In addition to the many benefits of earning a graduate degree, graduate candidates can gain valuable professional experience and financial support as a graduate assistant.

Northern awards graduate assistantships each year.  If you're a graduate candidate who's accepted for an assistantship, you'll be assigned a department or program and be supervised by Northern faculty or staff.  Supervisors serve as mentors, responsible for providing training and guidance to help you successfully fulfill your assigned responsibilities.  Find details and a complete list of graduate assistantships at the Office of Graduate Studies in Spafford Hall 204A.

Graduate Assistant Application

Academic Requirements

Candidates applying for graduate assistantships must meet the academic requirements for admission to graduate studies and to a degree program. Once admitted, all graduate candidates are required to maintain good academic standing with a 3.00 GPA. If a candidate’s cumulative grade point average falls below 3.00 in any academic term (i.e., fall spring, summer), the candidate will be placed on academic probation the following term.

A graduate assistant placed on academic probation will lose his/her assistantship for the probationary semester.  While on academic probation, the candidate must earn a term grade point average of 3.00 or higher.  When the candidate on academic probation achieves a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher, the candidate returns to good academic standing and may re-apply for an open assistantship position.

A candidate on academic probation who fails to maintain a term grade point average of 3.00 will be placed on academic suspension for a minimum period of two academic terms.  Following the two term suspension, candidates may apply for reinstatement by seeking the approval of the appropriate school/college dean. If approval is granted, the candidate must complete a reentry form in the Office of Graduate Studies.

Graduate candidates must be enrolled in a minimum of six graduate credits each semester to be eligible for a graduate assistantship position; graduate assistants may enroll in no more than 12 credits each semester.  Graduate candidates must be enrolled in at least nine credits to be considered full-time students. Graduate assistants who resign their assistantship positions or drop below six credit hours, but continue classes, will be required to reimburse the university the remaining tuition waived.