The University of Arkansas offers a variety of graduate assistantships on campus that provide practical work experience with educational opportunities. In past years, as many as 25 higher education master's students have held graduate assistantship positions in any given semester.
The higher education program faculty strongly encourage full-time students to hold graduate assistantship positions to gain the professional experience necessary to be successful in their careers. Alumni have found that it is the combination of practical work experience in an assistantship coupled with the master's degree that provides them with the foundation for their careers.
Master's students interested in pursuing graduate assistantships in the Division of Student Affairs should apply online. Students who are admitted to Graduate School and express an
interest in an assistantship in the Division of Student Affairs come to campus in February to participate in an interview. Offers are then typically
made in March of each year.
Offices outside of the Division of Student Affairs also offer graduate assistantships,
and prospective students are encouraged to contact those offices directly to explore
availability (such as the Arkansas Alumni Association, the Office of Admissions, individual
academic college advising offices, intercollegiate athletics, etc.). Generally, each
assistantship provides a full tuition waiver (both in-state and out-of-state), a monthly
stipend between $800-$1,000, and many also provide additional benefits such as parking
permits, housing, meal plans, and/or professional development money. Additional graduate
assistantship opportunities may be found through the University of Arkansas Human Resources Center.
Doctoral students may also compete for graduate assistantship positions on campus and can follow the same process as prospective master's students.