Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships provide financial assistance to graduate students as they pursue a degree. There are two kinds of assistantships: Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA) and Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA). GTAs share the faculty's responsibility for teaching, whereas GRAs do research under the supervision of a faculty member.

Graduate assistants must be registered for at least 9 semester hours of graduate credit courses in the Spring and Fall (6 hours in the Summer) in which they hold an appointment. In return, the university will pay for tuition and fees for up to 12 hours per semester.

Support is classified as follows:

  • Level I (pre-master's): $4,500 - $12,000/semester
  • Level II (post-master's/passed the Ph.D. preliminary examination): $5,000 - $14,000/semester
  • Level III (passed the Ph.D. qualifying examinations): $6,000 - $18,000/semester

Assistantship Application

For questions about graduate assistantships at UAH, please contact the Graduate School at 256.824.6002 or