Graduate Assistantship


Through the Graduate Assistantship Program, the University awards a limited number of annual graduate assistantships to new applicants on the basis of exceptional scholastic achievement; outstanding professional promise; and competence for service in the departments of the University.  The financial need of applicants may be an additional consideration. 

The objectives of the University Graduate Assistantship Program are to provide professional experiences that complement graduate instruction and research while contributing financial assistance to exceptional students pursuing graduate degrees at Philadelphia University.

This assistantship program is designed to aid in the successful completion of the degree pursued and to enhance career opportunities through applied professional experiences.  All graduate assistant duties are designed to foster student training and graduate learning experiences.

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Program Description & Requirements

A student awarded a graduate assistantship receives up to a full or prorated tuition remission and a financial stipend for services rendered as part of a student job. 

A full graduate assistantship has a 10 hour per week student job.  Pro-rated assistantships have student jobs with commensurately fewer hours.  For international student recipients, a student visa that permits on-campus work for compensation is required.  Graduate Assistants are students, and may not be employed under any other employment category by the University, such as adjunct faculty or part-time staff. 

Graduate assistantships are awarded initially for no longer than one academic year and are not renewed automatically, unless specifically stated in writing.  Appointments are for a maximum of four (4) semesters.

When tuition remission is included in the graduate assistantship, it may impact a student's eligibility for federal programs of financial assistance.  Students are responsible for understanding and checking with the Office of Financial Aid regarding the impacts.


New applicants to graduate programs are eligible to apply.  Appointments are initially for up to two semesters or semester equivalents.  The following criteria must be met:

  • An awardee is expected to have been admitted fully and without academic provision.
  • The awardee must have an excellent academic record having achieved a grade point average of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale in their undergraduate and/or previous graduate program.
  • Submit the application and required attachments (cover letter and resume) by the published deadline to the Office of Graduate Admissions.


Graduate students with graduate assistantships may be reappointed for additional semesters or semester equivalents, for a maximum of four (4) semesters.  Reappointments may be processed when institutional or grant funds are available and the graduate students meet the following requirements:

  • Are registered as current students for at least 9 credits
  • Are in good academic standing;
  • Maintain a grade point average of 3.25 or better;
  • Are satisfactorily performing their teaching, research or administrative duties;
  • Have completed the requisite self-evaluation at the end of each semester; and
  • Have received a positive evaluation and a recommendation from the faculty work supervisor.

After all reappointment documents are received by the Provost’s Office and final grades are posted, reappointments are processed in mid-May.

If a student is not reappointed, s/he will receive a notice of non-renewal.