Graduate Assistantships

Graduate students may be eligible for assistantships through Manhattan College.

What is a Graduate Assistantship?

Assistantships provide students with training and valuable professional experience in higher education work environments. Assistantship duties should not interfere unduly with academic studies, but rather should contribute to students' intellectual growth and degree goals.

Assistantships are considered primarily as a form of financial aid to help graduate students complete graduate school. Compensation includes tuition remission up to 9 credits and sometimes a stipend. Assistantships cannot be used for the semester that a student is attending a Study Abroad program.

Qualifications for Appointment

Any student applying for a graduate assistantship position must meet the following requirements:

  1. Graduate/Lab Assistants must be unconditionally admitted to the Graduate School, must be enrolled full time in graduate degree programs, and must be making progress toward their degrees. To retain their assistantships, students must maintain at least a 3.00 (B) cumulative average. If at any point the cumulative average falls below 3.00 or the number of credit hours becomes less than nine (9), the graduate assistant will be withdrawn from the program. During the last semester of matriculation, the Graduate Assistant may enroll in less than the above credit load.
  2. Graduate/Lab Assistants are university employees as well as students and are expected to meet their instructional, research, or administrative obligations. They will work under the supervision of an assigned faculty member or administrator.
  3. Graduate/Lab Assistants must be full-time students and half-time employees, working a minimum of 20 hours per week.
  4. Graduate Assistants/Lab Assistants can receive a stipend based on your contractural obligation with your department of employment.
  5. 5 Year Program students must have earned a minimum of 120 credits prior to applying for assistantship
  6. Graduate/Lab Assistantships do not cover Independent Studies classes.
  7. The College has allowed a student to take a winter class or summer class *only* in cases where their employer requests a need for the student to work in the time period associated with the academic course and *always* in alignment of the fiscal year cut-off period of July 1 to June 30 for the 18 credits.
  8. All Graduate Assistants and Lab Assistants must file a FAFSA application.
  9. All Graduate Assistants and Lab Assistants must complete their hiring packet through Clear Company.
  10. All Graduate Assistant and Lab Assistant must complete their on-line timesheet if they're being paid by their department.
  11. All Graduate/Lab Assistants must complete 600 hours of employment during the academic year based on their contract obligation. The hours are divided by term from July 1-December 31, as well as January 1 to June 30.


Available Positions

How to Apply

  • Click on the position above.
  • Complete the online application.
  • Submit your resume and cover letter.

If you meet the criteria for the position, the hiring manager will contact you for an interview once documents are completed online.

Hired Graduate Assistants

The Graduate Assistantship Formmust be completed by the Graduate Assistant and supervisor each semester prior to the payment due date for each term. In addition to the Graduate Assistantship form, all hired graduate assistants must have a valid I-9 and W-4 on file. These forms are available in the Office of Financial Aid Administration located in Thomas Hall 3.60.