Graduate Assistantship (GA) Positions

An important aspect of graduate training in Student Affairs is hands-on experience. At MSU, the graduate program in Student Affairs collaborates closely with MSU’s Division of Student Affairs to offer a diverse array of Graduate Assistantship (GA) opportunities related to work in student-services offices (e.g., Residential Life, Campus Activities, Student Leadership, Career Services, Athletic Academics, and many more). GA experiences deepen theory-practice discussions in the classroom and give our students a competitive edge in the Student Affairs job market post-graduation. On a practical level, GA positions also provide amenities such as a stipend and tuition remission that help defray the costs of graduate education.

Although a GA appointment is not required for enrollment in MSU’s Student Affairs master’s program, a majority of students enrolled in the program serve as a GA for the duration of the two-year program. Exceptions may be considered for students who work full-time in local colleges or universities.

Please note that the Graduate Admissions and Graduate Assistantship processes parallel one another. A GA offer does not guarantee admission to the Student Affairs master’s program; and admission to the Student Affairs master’s program does not guarantee a GA appointment. Therefore, we strongly encourage candidates to apply early for both so that both the admissions and GA decisions can be made in close proximity to one another.

Student Affairs GA Insight Days

Applicants to the MS in EDLD/Student Affairs & Higher Education program are strongly encouraged to join Student Affairs faculty, administrators, and students on campus for the MSU Student Affairs GA Insight Days event February 15-16, 2018. GA Insight Days provides prospective students with advance opportunities to interview for Graduate Assistantships, complete the required interview for admission to the program, meet colleagues from the graduate program and the Division of Student Affairs, and learn more about what it means to be a graduate student in Student Affairs at MSU.

To review a list of GA vacancies available for the upcoming year and apply for GA consideration, please visit the Division of Student Affairs Graduate Assistantship website. When completing the application, be sure to:

  • Indicate that you are applying to the MS in Educational Leadership: Student Affairs & Higher Education program;
  • Submit the supplementary materials that are required for the application (these are separate from, and in addition to, the supplementary materials required for the Graduate School application); and
  • Indicate interest in attending the Student Affairs GA Insight Days event in mid-February. If you foresee an unavoidable conflict with the dates of the event, please select YES and leave a note about the in the section that inquires as to how you heard about the program. We will do our best to make alternative arrangements.

  • Don’t forget that you must still apply separately to the graduate program in Student Affairs, preferably before attending the GA Insight Days in February, but no later than March 1.

    We hope to meet you at Student Affairs GA Insight Days and introduce you to a campus and community that will, no doubt, impress. We are excited at the prospect of having you join us for a dynamic graduate school experience in Starkville, MS.

    (last updated 12/14/2017)

    Please direct additional inquiries to:

    Dr. Danielle K. Molina
    Program Coordinator & Assistant Professor
    Student Affairs & Higher Education Graduate Programs
    Department of Educational Leadership

    Phone: 662-325-9324

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