Graduate Assistantships

Eligibility Requirements

  • Registered for 12 graduate credit hours or more each semester, exclusive of audit credits
  • Less than 174 attempted graduate credit hours
  • Non-native speakers of English who are awarded teaching assistantships at the University of Cincinnati are required to score at least a 3.0 on the Oral English Proficiency Test (OEPT)
    • Students who score 26 or above on the speaking section of the TOEFL IBT or students with a score of 50 or above on the Test of Spoken English are exempt from the OEPT test
  • Other requirements as stipulated in the offer letter

See the Graduate Handbook for additional requirements.


  • Stipends are received in exchange for assigned duties of teaching, research or administrative service
    • Students with teaching duties are called Teaching Assistants (TAs)
    • Students with research duties are called Research Assistants (RAs)   
  • Not required to be available during break periods unless given additional compensation
  • Obligated to no more than 20 hours of assigned duties per week
    • Appointing academic program, college or area of responsibility determines workload requirements
  • Discount at the UC Bookstores
  • Minimum stipends set by the Dean of the Graduate College
  • Possible eligiblity for the Graduate Student Health Insurance (GSHI) Award

Finding a Graduate Assistantship

If you are interested in a graduate assistantship position within your program, it will be best to contact the admissions contact of your program. A complete list of all Graduate Programs offered at the University of Cincinnati and contact information can be found on our Graduate Majors and Program web-page.

If you are interested in a graduate assistantship position outside of your program, you will want to visit UC’s Student Jobs system (called “Handshake”) where these will be posted. Please note that you must have a UC username to create a Handshake account. 

Cancellation of an Assistantship

University assistantships will be cancelled if the awardee does not meet his or her enrollment obligations. If a student cannot meet the requirements of the award, he or she must notify the program to renegotiatie or reassign of the award.