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Graduate Assistantships at SXU

Graduate assistantships are beneficial to both the graduate student and the academic or administrative unit. Through an assistantship, graduate assistants receive experience related to their field of study or experience at a professional level that may include utilizing research methods, project management and organizational communication skills.

The following applies to graduate assistants:

  1. Graduate assistants are appointed by administrative units of the university and are subject to compliance with current applicable University policies and procedures.
  2. Graduate assistants are students admitted as regular status to a graduate degree-granting program at the University.
  3. Graduate assistants shall be graduate students in good standing on the effective dates of their appointment. Students accept assistantship appointments for the time period specified in the offering letter. There are no auto-renewals or extensions unless specified in the offer letter.
  4. Students who elect to end an assistantship before the end of a semester will not receive full compensation for the semester. Compensation will be pro-rated based on the number of hours completed. Students will be responsible for the remaining tuition payment after the pro-rated compensation has been applied.

Graduate assistantships are institutionally funded and determined by the dean or program director of the individual graduate program. Contact the department chair for details.

Education Department

Education Graduate Assistantship

Duration: Semi-annual

Assistantship Details: More information to come.

Graham School of Management

GSM Graduate Assistantship

Duration: Semi-annual

Assistantship Details: Graduate assistantships require a student to work about 12 hours per week either as a faculty research assistant or an administrative assistant. These positions require scholarly achievement, high proficiency in writing and an attention to detail. Strong organizational and "people" skills are also required. Your personal statement should outline any previous research experience you have as well as any office and clerical experience.

Master of Applied Computer Science

MACS Graduate Assistantship

Duration: Semi-annual

Contact: Imad Al Saeed | 773-298-3393 |

Assistantship Details: A few graduate assistantships (both full and partial) are available in the Master of Applied Computer Science program at Saint Xavier University. The graduate assistantships cover a tuition waiver for credit hours of coursework per semester. In return for the tuition waiver, the students will spend five to 15 hours per week working as research, tutorial or teaching assistants. After admission to the program, all interested candidates are invited to submit an email detailing interest in the graduate assistantship and a brief bio to

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

CSDI Graduate Assistantship

Assistantship Details: Graduate assistantships in the graduate speech-language pathology program at Saint Xavier University include a tuition waiver for two credit hours of coursework per semester. In return for the tuition waiver, the students will spend up to five hours per week working as research, tutorial or clinical assistants. Application for a graduate assistantship is made directly through the CSDI Department at SXU after entrance into the program.

School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Nursing Graduate Assistantship

Assistantship Details: As assistantships become available, students are notified through Canvas in the appropriate Group Announcements. Assistantships are generally practice based which includes working with the simulation lab and assisting with undergraduate and sometimes graduate student work. Students must apply for the assistantship, meet with the School of Nursing and Health Sciences and the director of Simulation. The number of available assistantships will vary each year.

Campus Life/Housing

Contact: Katy Thompson | 773-298-3877 |

Graduate Assistantships generally require live-in assignments on campus and also have assigned work in student activities. These positions are usually posted in the spring semester. The positions are 12-month contracts which are reviewed for annual renewal. Position titles may include:

  • Graduate Assistant in Residence Life
  • Graduate Assistant Minister


Graduate Assistants Categories

Administrative Graduate Assistant

The duties of an administrative graduate assistant focus on providing office support for a University department or school by performing activities such as website updates, preparing and sending correspondences, offering technical support, assisting with event coordination, equipment management, project work, data entry tasks, routine support for publications such as department newsletters and other related duties. Graduate administrative work will include assignments such as special project work that aligns with higher-level skills; for example, research, analytics, writing and editing.

Practice Assistant

Practice graduate assistants are appointed to positions that are connected to their fields of study and career preparation. These positions will provide assistants with experience, practice and guidance in the field. Practice assistant appointments may be available in the Master of Applied Computer Science, Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner and the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology programs.

Research Assistant

The duties of a graduate research assistant primarily involve applying and mastering research concepts, practices or methods of scholarship. Examples of typical responsibilities include: conducting experiments, organizing or analyzing data, presenting findings in a publication, collaborating with faculty in preparing publications and other research activities.

Teaching Assistant

The duties of a graduate teaching assistant are primarily in support of instruction and include such responsibilities as grading student assignments, leading lab or discussion groups in a course setting, proctoring exams, holding office hours or tutoring students.