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Graduate Assistantships

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Graduate Assistantships are designed to serve the needs of the Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs and to provide academic and professional development opportunities to students. Assistantships are competitive and are awarded to qualified students who have been admitted to the Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs graduate degree programs. Candidates must have an undergraduate or graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher to qualify for and retain a graduate assistantship. 

Full-time Graduate Assistants work 20 hours per week in their assignment and are required to be enrolled for at least 9 credit hours per semester. Additional employment is generally not permitted. Assistantships with tuition provide a full or partial tuition scholarship for 9 credit hours (at the Ohio-resident tuition rate) and a stipend of $4,200 per semester for master’s degree-seeking students and $6,500 per semester for Ph.D. students. Part-time awards in the Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs are generally stipend-only, with a 10-hour weekly assignment.  

While Graduate Assistantship applications will be accepted throughout the year, the priority application deadline is February 15 for the upcoming academic year (starting in August of the same year). To be considered for a Ph.D. graduate assistantship, doctoral candidates should submit their GA application by January 31st.

Application Information
The GRE is not required for consideration and applicants are reviewed on the basis of materials submitted. Applicants are encouraged to review the application and prepare text responses prior to submission. Click here to view a printable list of questions prior to completing the application. This is not an application; applications may only be submitted via the online application.

Required Supplemental Materials
Please submit a resume and an academic writing sample (approximately 5-10 pages) in PDF format as e-mail attachments to GA application materials submitted in formats other than PDF will not be considered.  

When submitting materials, please use the following subject line for your e-mail: Graduate Assistantship Application: First name Last name (e.g. Graduate Assistantship Application: John Smith) and include your last name in the document filenames (e.g. "Smith Resume.pdf" and "Smith Writing Sample.pdf"). On your resume, list most recent employment first and include the following information: 1) Extracurricular/Volunteer Experience. List any significant extracurricular or volunteer experience, the roles, or office held. 2) Honors and Awards. List any honors or awards you have received, including scholarships based on merit. Include any employer awards.

Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions for Urban Affairs GA applicants page. Additional questions should be directed to

Applicants should have all graduate program application materials submitted by the end of January. For information regarding application and admission to graduate programs, please e-mail us at