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Graduate Assistantship Program

Who can be a Graduate Assistant?

The Graduate Assistantship Program at Liberty University aims to further the mission of Liberty University to Train Champions for Christ. We seek students who are committed to Christ, and exemplify professionalism and spiritual maturity in their academic disciplines.

Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life. – Proverbs 4:13

What is a Graduate Assistant?

A Graduate Assistant, is the umbrella term used to describe all masters, and doctoral level students who serve in academic support roles across various university departments.

  • Graduate Student Assistant (GSA)
    • Master’s level student
    • Ph.D./Doctoral level student
  • Teaching Assistant (TA)
    • Ph.D./Doctoral level student
  • Teaching Fellow (TF)
    • Ph.D./Doctoral level student
    • This is only available for select programs.
  • Research Fellow (RF)
    • Ph.D./Doctoral level student.
    • This is only available for select Schools.

These positions are unique in that they are only offered to students who are part of a graduate level program at Liberty University, and are chosen based on their overall academic performance, professionalism, and Christian character.

Responsibilities and Compensation

  • On average, Graduate Assistants work twenty hours per week in their assigned academic department.
  • Although job responsibilities vary by department, all Graduate Assistant positions serve as academic support in undergraduate courses and some serve on the graduate level.
  • Each Graduate Assistant is awarded a tuition scholarship equivalent to a full-time course load in their respective degree. Eighteen credit hours are given per academic year (9-credit hours in the fall and 9-credit hours in the spring).
  • Graduate Assistants will also receive a stipend for each semester contracted.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Graduate Assistants are required to be fully admitted into a graduate program at Liberty University as a full-time graduate student each semester.
  • Graduate Student Assistants must maintain at a 3.0 GPA or higher. Those with lower GPAs will be placed on academic probation and must raise their GPA the next semester.
  • Contracts are generally for fall and spring semesters although some may include summer pending the graduate school dean’s approval.
  • Graduate Assistant positions are reviewed annually and departments will offer contract renewal based on need and performance.

How do I apply?

  1. Become fully admitted into your Liberty University Graduate Program.
  2. Choose your department of interest (preferably in the school or department where you’ve been accepted).
  3. Inquire about openings with the appropriate department Graduate Assistant liaison to obtain the link to the application. Submit the application.
  4. Allow approximately one to two business weeks after submitting your application before following through with your department’s GSA liaison.

Graduate Assistant Certificate of University Teaching

Graduate Assistants are eligible to earn a Certificate of University Teaching.

For more information, log into the GSA Certificate of University Teaching (CUT) Canvas Course, or stop by the Center for Teaching Excellent office, DeMoss Hall 3066. You can also email CTE@liberty.edu for more information.


Email us for more information: graduateassistantship@liberty.edu