Graduate assistantships with competitive stipends and waiver of out-of-state tuition are available to qualified applicants. Assistantship responsibilities include assisting in teaching lab sections of the undergraduate media writing class, lab sections of the undergraduate fundamentals of digital media class, television news, or other courses where a need might be. These courses are offered during business hours, so it is important that anyone applying for an assistantship have flexible work when employed full-time or part-time.
Most assistantships are assigned starting fall semester, but assistantships may be available in the spring. Assistantships are usually not awarded during summer terms. No prior experience in teaching is expected and all graduate assistants have to undergo a teaching workshop prior to the commencement of classes in fall.
To be appointed to a graduate assistantship, students must apply to the Graduate Assistant Coordinator, School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Contact information and an online application are provided below. This application is separate from the application for admission to the graduate program. All graduate assistantships are contingent upon acceptance into a Texas State graduate program. First priority is given to students accepted into the School of Journalism and Mass Communication graduate program.
Preference is given to students with experience in mass communication and to those with high grades and test scores. Graduate assistants must be employed for at least 20 hours per week to be eligible for an out-of-state tuition waiver to pay the in-state tuition rate. This program does not offer full tuition waivers.
Eligibility for All Assistantships
To be eligible for assistantships, students must have unconditional admission status, should be enrolled in at least nine graduate credit hours and have a 3.0 GPA. All International students must be in possession of the appropriate lawful visas such as an F-1 or a J-1 in order to participate in graduate assistantships.
Assistantships are renewable generally for a total of four long semesters if students are favorably reviewed by their faculty supervisors at the end of each semester. All assignments and reappointments are made by the Graduate Assistant Coordinator in consultation with the School's Director.
Graduate Assistant Coordinator
Associate Professor Kym Fox
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
202A Old Main