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Are Graduate Assistantships available? How do I apply? What funding would I receive?

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NJCU offers a limited number of Assistantships each year to qualified graduate students.  The appointment is for the academic year (September through May), and in some years assistantships become available in January for the Spring semester.  For the full academic year, the initial deadline is June 1.  For the Spring semester assistantships, the deadline is December 1.


The Graduate Assistantship covers tuition and fees for full-time study ( minimum nine credits).  Graduate Assistants are required to work in a University department or office for 20-22 hours/week, for which they receive a stipend of $4,000 over the academic year ($2,000 per semester).  Graduate Assistants may not hold a full-time job either inside or outside the University, and they may not be Graduate Assistants during a semester when they are doing student teaching.  Please note that Graduate Assistants must remain enrolled in 9 credits in order to be eligible for the program.


In order to be eligible for the program, applicants must be matriculated in an NJCU graduate degree program (through the Office of Graduate Studies), which includes


  • A regular application for Graduate admission
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official score reports for the standardized test required by student’s department (MAT, GRE, or GMAT – see the Graduate Catalog: for details)
  • A copy of any teaching certificates the applicant may hold


In addition to these matriculation requirements, applicants should write a letter to the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and attach a resume.  The letter should discuss the educational goals the student would like to achieve through the Assistantship and through full-time degree study, and the resume should indicate work experience and skills as well as academic background.  The applicant may specify an office or department that would be of particular interest for employment, but this is not required.


For further information or how to apply to be a graduate assistantship click here

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