MS in Integrative Biological Diversity

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships provide on-campus*, extracurricular, hands-on learning experiences and stipends to graduate students. Assistantships are not scholarships (which are awarded independently of any expectation of corresponding activity), and they are not work/study appointments (which provide hourly wages for usually non-educational work).
Graduate Assistant positions are available to well-qualified, matriculated graduate students in institutional activities that are academically relevant to the student’s program of study. Requirements to be met for these positions are:

  • Graduate student matriculated in a Graduate program
  • GPA of 3.00 or higher
  • Graduate student registered in the current semester
  • Graduate Assistants may not be employed by any other employment category of the university.

Stipends awarded to Graduate Assistants range from $1200 to $4800 per semester as defined by the Board of Regents for the CSCU system. An award from $1200 to $2400 is considered a half time assistantship and does not exceed 10 hours of work per week. An award above $2400 and up to $4800 is considered a full-time assistantship and does not exceed 20 hours of work per week.

In addition to a stipend award, full-time graduate students (enrolled in nine credits or more per semester) have the following fees waived:

  • State University Fee
  • University General Fee except for that portion attributable to student accident insurance
  • Student Activity Fee

If you are interested in applying for a Graduate Assistantship at WCSU for the MS Biological Diversity program, you may speak to the Biology Graduate Program Coordinator and fill out the Graduate Assistant Application.