Graduate Assistantship Program

Each year, Kean University offers a limited number of graduate assistantships.

Assistantships draw on a variety of different skills and require service on campus 15-20 hours each week, depending on assignment.  Providing the best education at an affordable cost to our students is paramount. Through this special program, a select number of Graduate students will have tuition and fees waived.  

Overview

  • To apply, you must complete the supplemental graduate assistantship page within the online application.  PLEASE NOTE:  THIS IS FOR NEW APPLICANTS TO THE NATHAN WEISS GRADUATE COLLEGE.  FOR CURRENT GRADUATE STUDENTS WHO WANT TO BE CONSIDERED FOR A GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP POSITION, PLEASE CLICK HERE.
  • Applicants for a graduate assistantship should apply by March 1 for priority consideration for an assistantship.
  • To be eligible for an assistantship, you must:
    • Receive an acceptance to a degree granting graduate program at Kean.  This includes master's, professional diploma, and doctoral programs.  Students matriculated in certification, non-degree, and non-matriculated programs are not eligible for a graduate assistantship.
    • Have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or better.
  • Prospective employers seeking graduate assistants will review applications, conduct interviews and hire assistants. You will be contacted if they wish to interview you for an open position.
  • Assistantships begin in the Fall semester of the new academic year and continue through the Spring semester.  There is the possibility to have your assistantship extended through the summer months, however, this is not guaranteed and is at the discretion of your supervisor and budgetary constraints.

Requirements

  • If you are granted an assistantship, you will work 15-20 hours/week for a department or office, such as the department of History.
  • GA's must register and successfully complete a minimum of nine credits per academic semester.  Students are permitted to register for more than nine credits, if their schedule permits.
  • If a GA drops or withdraws from a course and falls below nine attempted credits in an academic semester, his/her assistantship will be withdrawn.
  • Graduate Assistants must maintain a 3.0 GPA during their graduate studies at Kean.  Failure to maintain a 3.0 at the end of an academic semester will result in a forfeiture of your graduate assistantship.

For a full list of graduate assistantship requirements, please view the Graduate Assistantship Manual.

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New Hire Procedures - New Graduate Students to Kean University

Upon being selected as a graduate assistant, the following steps are required:

  1. Complete a Graduate Assistant Authorization to Hire form (this should only be completed AFTER you receive an offer.  This form is not for candidates, only those selected as a Graduate Assistant.
  2. Upon submission of the form, you will receive a confirmation email.  Please contact Dallas Everett to schedule an appointment to complete the New Hire paperwork.  Bring the confirmation email with you to the meeting.
  3. All paperwork for the fall 2014 semester must be submitted no later than July 1, 2014.
  4. If you are an international student who has received a graduate assistantship, you will be required to provide our office with a copy of your passport, I-20, I-94, and Social Security Card.

Any delay in this process can result in a delay of payment.

*Current Graduate Students Interested in Obtaining a Graduate Assistantship*

If at the time of admission you did not qualify for a graduate assistantship, you can be considered if the following conditions are met:

  • Student has completed 15 or more graduate credits at Kean University, and
  • Student has a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better at the graduate level at Kean University

If you meet these conditions and want to be considered for an available Graduate Assistantship, please complete the Graduate Assistantship Supplementary Application here.  APPLICATIONS ARE ONLY CONSIDERED IF YOU MEET BOTH CONDITIONS.  PLEASE ONLY SUBMIT THIS APPLICATION IF YOU CURRENTLY MEET THESE QUALIFICATIONS.

Current Assistantships

The availability is subject to change each semester:

  • Accreditation and Assessment
  • Africana Studies
  • Athletic Training
  • Athletics and Recreation
  • Biological Sciences
  • CAS Writing Center
  • Center for Leadership and Service
  • Chemistry Department
  • Childcare Center
  • College of Education
  • College of Natural, Applied, and Health Sciences Technical Support
  • Communications Disorders
  • Criminal Justice
  • Computer Science 
  • Earth Science
  • Ecological Research
  • Elementary and Bilingual Education
  • Exercise Science 
  • Fine Arts 
  • General Education 
  • Graduate Management Studies
  • Health Services
  • History
  • Holocaust Resource Center
  • Human Resources
  • Human Rights Institute
  • Institute of Child Study
  • Institutional Research
  • International Student Services
  • Kean Galleries
  • Kean Ocean
  • Kean Writing Project
  • Library
  • Management and Marketing
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Office of Community Standards and Conduct
  • Office of Graduate Admissions
  • Office of Institutional Advancement
  • Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
  • Office of Residential Student Services
  • Office of the Registrar
  • Office of Scholarship Services
  • Office of Student Support Services
  • Office of Undergraduate Admissions
  • Physical Education
  • Psychology
  • School of Communication, Media, and Journalism
  • School of English Studies
  • School of Environmental and Sustainability Sciences
  • Social Work
  • Special Education
  • Speech Clinic 
  • Speech-Language Pathology Program
  • STEM Program
  • University Center
  • University Relations
  • World Literature 

Updated 3/31/15