Graduate Research Assistant/Associate

Hiring Graduate Researcher Assistants/Associates (GRA) on Contract


In order to be considered for a Graduate Assistant/Associate (GA) position, a graduate student must:

  1. Be admitted to a graduate degree seeking program. Students enrolled solely in Certificate programs are not eligible for GA appointments.  Law, Medicine and Pharmacy (PharmD) students are not eligible for GA positions unless concurrently enrolled in a regular graduate degree-seeking program. 
  2. Have a minimum GPA of 3.0. If a student is newly admitted, the admission GPA is considered for this requirement. A student must also maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 during their appointment. Appointing departments may also require a higher GPA.  It is important to check the GPA before making an offer of GA appointment so that any issues can be addressed in a timely manner.  The Graduate Assistant/Associate Low GPA Waiver form must be submitted should a hiring exception be necessary.  GPA exceptional appointments are limited to one semester appointments and are not eligible for reappointment until grades are reviewed.
  3. Be enrolled in at least 6 graduate level units. Undergraduate or audited courses do not satisfy this requirement. Appointing departments may also require a higher enrollment.

Appointing departments may also have additional criteria that a graduate student must meet in order to be appointed into a Graduate Assistant/Associate position.

Please review the Graduate Assistant Manual for additional information.


1.  GRA hiring paperwork should be submitted via your Account Manager to Research, Innovation and Impact Employee Services at least two weeks prior to start date.

2.  Work with your designated Account Manager to develop a funding plan.  Research, Innovation and Impact Employee Services can assist with providing GRA salary rate information.

3.  Complete the GRA Hiring Form and forward to designated Account Manager for funding confirmation.

4.  Account Manager will forward completed form with funding confirmed to Research, Innovation and Impact Employee Services.

5.  Research, Innovation and Impact Employee Services will prepare the GRA Offer Letter and will forward to hiring authority for printing and signature.

6.  Department forwards offer letter to graduate student for their review and signing.

7.  Submit scanned PDF of fully signed offer letter to Research, Innovation and Impact Employee Services for processing.  Deadline is two weeks prior to start date.

Tuition Rates

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