West Virginia University awards approximately 1,700 graduate assistantships annually to incoming and continuing graduate students. These graduate assistantships are supported by state appropriations, federal funds and private grants and contracts. Information about available graduate assistantships is available from students’ programs, assistantship supervisors, the WVU Career Services Center and other sources.
The College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences offers a range of graduate assistantship opportunities that affords students valuable practical experiences working in a higher education setting. A graduate assistantship is an ideal way to finance your continuing education, while building your resume at the same time. We strongly encourage all prospective students to apply for a graduate assistantship at the time they submit their application for program admission. Within the college, priority consideration will be given to those applications for graduate assistantships received prior to February 1. Graduate assistant positions are awarded on a competitive basis and demand usually exceeds supply.
While CPASS provides a variety of graduate assistantships, the University offers additional opportunities in areas such as Campus Recreation, the Center for Learning Advising and Student Success, Office of Accessibility Services, WellWVU and Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Once admitted to the University, students can view available graduate assistantships in Handshake. Graduate assistantships are posted on a rolling basis throughout the academic year and summer, so please check back for new assistantship postings periodically.
- Full or half tuition waivers of University tuition available depending on type of assistantship.
- Competitive stipends range from $13,500 to $14,859 per 9-month contract.
- Teaching, service and research experience in a university setting.
- Experience supervising undergraduate students during clinical placements.
- Frequent opportunities to collaborate with faculty and other students.
- WVU-sponsored student health insurance.
- Access to WVU Student Recreation Center.
Regular and partial graduate assistantships are available
Regular graduate assistants work an average of 20 hours per week and receive a full University tuition waiver (9 credit hours or more) during fall, spring and summer. Partial graduate assistants work an average of 10 hours per week and receive a half University tuition waiver (5 credit hours) during fall and spring only. Both regular and partial graduate assistants must be enrolled full-time and can work as as teaching, research or service assistants.
Policies for Graduate Assistants
Please review the detailed policies, procedures, and guidelines for graduate assistantships at West Virginia University before applying. Students enrolled in our online programs are not eligible for graduate assistantships.