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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 and lab sections of the undergraduate fundamentals of digital media class. Qualified students may also assist with the undergraduate television news production class and other classes. Most assistantships are assigned starting fall semesters, but assistantships may be available for students who wish to begin the graduate program in the spring or summer. 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.

Instructional Assistantships

Instructional Assistants earn a first year base salary of $1,350 a month and work 20 hours per week.

Graduate Assistant Coordinator
Associate Professor Kym Fox
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
202A Old Main

Texas State University
601 University Dr.
San Marcos, TX 78666

Teaching Assistantships

Students with 18 hours of graduate work may be appointed as teaching assistants with responsibility as teacher of record and an increased salary.

Salary Rates – Human Resources

For a complete list of assistantship salaries, check the Human Resources pay schedule.

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. Instructional Assistants are expected to behave professionally by meeting all deadlines and attending to all duties as they would in a professional setting. All assignments and reappointments are made by the Graduate Assistant Coordinator in consultation with the School's Director.

Other Support

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication is also committed to supporting Graduate Student research activities and involvement in professional organizations. Limited travel funds may be awarded to students who present papers at or attend conferences. Limited travel funds are also available from the Graduate College for making presentations or presenting papers at professional meetings.