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Graduate assistantships

M.A. in higher education: graduate assistantships

The Master of Arts in higher education program at Messiah College offers a select number of graduate assistantships for full-time degree seeking students in the Master of Arts in higher education.  Graduate assistantships offer students the opportunity to put the theories, gained through classroom instruction, into practice through supervised, real-world experience. Assistantships are designed to provide a meaningful educational and professional experience that will provide graduates with the skills and knowledge they need for successful professional employment. Graduate assistantships are generally two-year appointments. 

Compensation and eligibility

Graduate assistants earn compensation as salaried, non-exempt employees for the performance of administrative services that benefit the College and also serve as part of the student's academic and professional development. The service performed must be related to the student's academic program in order to qualify for an assistantship appointment. Students may not count the same work experience in their graduate assistantships for internship experience. The graduate assistantship and internship(s) must be distinct experiences. The graduate assistant must be eligible to work in the United States; eligibility is confirmed via the I-9 Form. Graduate assistants must maintain full-time registered, degree-seeking status (6 credits per semester, 15 per calendar year) and good academic standing (3.0 GPA) for the duration of the graduate assistant appointment.  Graduate assistants work approximately 20 hours per week during their appointment and no more than 800 hours per calendar year. Graduate assistants may not be employed on campus in any other capacity during the period of the graduate assistantship.

2015-2016 graduate assistantships 

Graduate assistantship opportunities are posted in late fall.  Applications are reviewed, interviews are held, and invitations extended each spring.  The application process is as follows:
  • Complete the graduate assistantship application after reviewing descriptions and requirements for each graduate assistantship position. (The link for each application is found in the boxes on the right)
  • Begin the enrollment application process in the Master of Arts in higher education program. You must be accepted into the Master of Arts in higher education program to be considered as a candidate.

Offers and placements

  • Graduate assistantships will be awarded based on a thorough review of applicants, including interviews.  Interviews will be held on campus, generally during the month of March.  If distance is a factor, Skype interviews can be conducted.  Placements will be made in partnership with assistantship supervisors.
  • Applications will be accepted until positions are filled. 
  • Graduate assistant placement is contingent upon completion of successful reference and background checks.

If you have any questions about the graduate assistantships or application process, please contact Tina Keul, administrative assistant, at or (717) 796-5077.

Graduate Assistant Handbook has valuable information about policy and procedures.

Former graduate assistant's have been hired to be:

Sports information director at Cairn University
Head XC/track and field coach at Houghton