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Graduate Assistant - General Info

Graduate Assistant

A Graduate Assistant (GA) within the context of the Master of Education in Student Affairs program is a graduate student that is enrolled full-time and works in a department at Clemson University or Tri-County Technical College. Graduate Assistants work a specified number of hours per week (20-28 hours), maintain a minimum course load (9 hours per semester), and fulfill specific job requirements as set forth in their GA contract. As a GA, you are likely to receive tuition assistance, a stipend and valuable preparation for a career in student affairs/higher education.


The majority of placements for Graduate Assistants through CU-GARS are in the Division of Student Affairs. A limited number of assistantships are also available in select academic colleges, Undergraduate Studies, the Calhoun Honors College and Tri-County Technical College. We encourage you to investigate our graduate program and available assistantships to ensure that the experience will meet your needs. Also, please keep in mind that if you are offered a position as a Graduate Assistant, you must have been accepted and offered admission by the Graduate School. If you do not meet the standards of the Graduate School and/or the individual program in which you are interested, you may not accept a graduate assistantship through CU-GARS.


Interview Process

Candidates who have been admitted to the Graduate School AND completed the Graduate Assistant application prior to the application deadline will be considered for an invitation to the On-Campus Interview Days.

  • The On-Campus Interview Days will be February 21-23, 2019
    • Thursday, February 21: Arrival and Opening Program
    • Friday, February 22: Interviews
    • Saturday, February 23: Program Closing and Departure
  • Preference for selection as a Graduate Assistant will be given to those candidates who attend the On-Campus Interview Days. Should positions remain open after the On-Campus Interview Days, phone or Skype interviews may be conducted.
  • Invited candidates will be able to indicate preferences for assistantship interviews during confirmation of your participation. You will be scheduled with as many of your preferred assistantship choices as possible. Once you arrive to campus for CU-GARS you will have an opportunity to add additional interviews if you have availability in your schedule.
  • Friday may be a long day for you, depending upon how many interviews you schedule. Water and snacks will be provided throughout the day for your enjoyment.
  • At the conclusion of the interview weekend, candidates will rank their preferred assistantships.
  • Offers for graduate assistantship positions will begin on Monday, February 25, 2019.


Use the links below to learn more information about the assistantships and to access the application: