A limited number of graduate assistantships are available each year at USM. Graduate Assistants are 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 the 15-week fall and spring semesters. Graduate Assistantships are normally awarded in the fall for the full academic year.

Graduate Assistants work in a variety of University settings, from academic departments to student service offices to research divisions. The positions are carefully allocated to the most qualified students through an application and hiring process. Many assistantships positions are remote or offer flexible schedules and working modalities.


  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Enroll in 6 graduate credits or more during each semester that they are employed as a GA.
  • Be matriculated in a graduate degree program at USM (students in certificate-only programs are not eligible).
  • Remain in good academic standing and be making acceptable progress towards their degree.
  • Not be a University of Maine System employee.

Note: Maine Law and University of Maine students are not eligible for most USM Graduate Assistantships. 

GA Financial Support

All graduate assistants receive a monthly financial stipend and in most cases (but not all) GA’s also receive a scholarship or tuition assistance.

For the latest information on stipend and scholarship amounts visit the Graduate Studies website.

GA Opportunities

To learn more about Graduate Assistant opportunities for the current academic year and apply visit the Graduate Assistantship Opportunities website.