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Graduate Assistantships

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Gain practical experience while you receive financial support.

Graduate assistantships empower you to achieve academic and professional success. You'll build relationships with faculty and peers, gain experience and deepen your knowledge.

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Graduate Assistantships

"Graduate Assistant" is a formal title, defined in the University of Wisconsin System as a graduate student employed by and assigned responsibilities in an instructional department. At UW-Green Bay, Graduate Assistants can also have a working title of Research Assistant or Teaching Assistant.

Questions about Graduate Assistantships can be directed to Marci Hoffman at

Graduate Assistants (GA) are unclassified, salaried, exempt employees hired under a fixed-term, terminal contract. Students hired into Graduate Assistantship position receive the following compensation and benefits:

  • GA’s work between 13.5 and 20 hours per week. Positions can be held in fall term, spring term, or the full academic year. Summer employment is not available.
  • A 9-month salary at 20 hours per week is $12,930.50 for the 2023-24 academic year, and includes fringe benefits. Note: GA contracts may vary depending on the funding source of the position.
  • Out-of-state tuition remission for the Non-resident and Midwest tuition rate portion of the student’s tuition. Note: GA remissions may vary depending on the funding source of the position.
  • Comprehensive health insurance plan

Graduate students can be employed as Student Assistants or Project Appointments – hourly employees – but hourly employees are not GA’s, even though graduate students are hired into them. Hourly employees do not qualify for the above compensation and benefits.

Application Process

Applications for the 2023-24 academic year will open in January 5, 2023 and students can apply until December 31, 2023. Please note that most hiring decisions are made between April 2023 and July 2023, however, positions may continue to be filled through January 2024 as they become open and available.

Students only need to apply once, and applications remain in a continuous pool until (1) the student is hired, (2) the student graduates, (3) the student no longer meets eligibility requirements listed above, or (4) the student requests to withdraw their application. Each application will be reviewed for accuracy and eligibility by the Office of Graduate Studies before they are sent to hiring units for consideration. Note: The Environmental Science & Policy program will personally reach out to students in their program. All MS in Environmental Science & Policy should monitor their UW-Green Bay email for communications.

  • Complete a Graduate Assistantship Application
  • Attach a Letter of Intent
  • Attach Letters of Recommendation or provide the contact information for three references
  • Graduate Studies will include a copy of your transcripts in your application automatically


GA positions are competitive and contingent on funding. Please note that financial need is not a consideration in the hiring process. Eligibility includes the following minimum requirements:

  • Graduate students must be admitted in full academic standing to a UW-Green Bay graduate degree program
  • GA’s are required to enroll in a minimum of six credits each semester of employment, and no fewer than 15 credits each academic year
  • Special exceptions may be made for First Nations Ed.D and part-time MSW students
  • GA’s are required to remain in full academic standing and must maintain a 3.0 grade point average in their graduate degree courses.
  • Employment is also contingent upon successfully passing a criminal background check. A GA may not begin working until the background check is complete. This check is paid for by the University, and in compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, the University does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.

Hiring Units

The following list of departments typically hire GA’s each academic year, however, Graduate Assistantship applications will be available to all hiring units across the UW-Green Bay campus.

Marci Hoffman, Graduate Programs Manager

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