Graduate Studies

Graduate Assistantships

Overview of Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships at USM are a great opportunity to gain valuable work experience and develop professional skills that enhance a student’s academic and career goals, while also providing them with financial support.

USM’s Graduate Assistantship program also encompasses Research Assistantships and Teaching Assistantships, depending on the focus of the work. 

Graduate Assistants (GAs) are students first and foremost – so each Assistantship is designed to serve the needs and cater to the lives of graduate students. But GAs are also highly valued employees of the University, who support faculty scholarship and teaching; serve as mentors to undergraduate students; conduct meaningful research, outreach, and analysis; and uphold USM’s Service Promise of being “Student focused every day.”

GA appointments are for either 10 or 20 hours per week during each of the 15-week fall and spring semesters.

Our Graduate Assistants work in a variety of University settings, from academic departments to student services offices to research divisions. The positions are carefully allocated to the most qualified students through an application and hiring process.

To learn more, see the Graduate Assistant Handbook

Current Graduate Assistantship Openings:

Data Consortium Feasibility Project (Muskie School of Public Service)

Health Informatics Activities Graduate Assistant (Muskie School of Public Service)

Suicide Prevention Graduate Assistant (University Health and Counseling Services)

New England Environmental Finance Center Graduate Assistant (Muskie School of Public Service)

Recovery Oriented Campus Center Graduate Assistant (University Health & Counseling Services)

Student Involvement & Activities Graduate Assistant (Live-on)

Student Programming & Events Graduate Assistant (Live-on)

Data Innovation Project (DIP) Community Research Graduate Assistant (Muskie School of Public Service)

Data Innovation Project (DIP) Graduate Assistant (Muskie School of Public Service)

Commuter Student Services Graduate Assistant (Dean of Students Office)

Intercultural Student Engagement Graduate Assistant (2 Positions Available)

Veterans Services Graduate Assistant

Financial Literacy Graduate Assistant (Student Financial Services)

Maine Campus Compact/Environmental Graduate Assistant (USM's Lewiston-Auburn College)


Current Federal Work-Study Graduate Aide Opportunities

Advising Graduate Aide (Graduate Aide Funds Required)

Service-Learning and Volunteering Graduate Aide (Graduate Aide Funds Required)

Other Student Work Opportunities

New Englad Environmental Finance Center Internship

Research Project Assistant Internship – Maine Center Ventures 

USM Career Connections

Other Opportunities

New England Environmental Finance Center (NE/EFC)

 For detailed information about Graduate Assistantships, please review the Graduate Assistant Handbook. A brief overview can be found below.

Receiving a Graduate Assistantship

Students interested in Graduate Assistantships can pursue opportunities via two primary methods:

  • by indicating their interest on Question 16 of their graduate school application.
  • by following the application procedures established by individual graduate programs.

Returning Students

Returning students are not guaranteed their previous assistantships. Re-appointments, approved through the department’s or program’s normal processes, are made by previous funders.

You must also maintain a 3.0 GPA and make acceptable academic progress in your graduate program to receive an assistantship.


To be eligible for a graduate assistantship position, students must be:

  • Fully matriculated in a degree program at the graduate level. (They must have met all criteria for graduate student status, including completion of a baccalaureate degree); and must be
  • Registered for at least 6 credits of coursework in the semester(s) in which they will be working (master’s and CAS students), or registered for GRS 603 (masters) or GRS 701 (doctoral) and have a certificate of satisfactory progress from their program.
  • Returning graduate students must have a 3.0 GPA and be making acceptable academic progress in their graduate program.

Department Funded GA's and Externally Funded Graduate Assistantships

In addition to the program-awarded assistantships, there are addiitonal positions provided by administrative or academic units at USM. If you wish to be considered for these positions, send your resume to the Office of Graduate Studies. Information about these jobs will be forwarded to you as they become available.

Tuition Waivers and Undergraduate Credits

As per the Graduate Catalog, a graduate student may be able to apply up to six credit hours of undergraduate work to his or her graduate program according to the determination of the particular program of study. Please see here for conditions that apply. If a student has a graduate assistantship and is receiving a university tuition waiver, the university will apply tuition waivers to a maximum of six undergraduate credit hours as per the policy in the graduate catalog. These six undergraduate credit hours must apply to the student's graduate degree. Please note that this policy does not pertain to students enrolled in 3+2 or 4+1 programs. These students should consult with the Office of Graduate Studies for more information.