The College of Business offers graduate students in eligible programs the opportunity to earn a stipend in return for their work at the college. These assistantships are competitive, so you must apply to be considered.
- Half the cost of your base tuition* is paid for whether you are a resident or non-resident student.
- One hundred percent of CSU's health insurance premium is paid if you elect to use it.
- A monthly stipend is paid.
*Does not cover differential tuition or online classes.
A Graduate Assistant's Role
Graduate assistant Keni Herman, an MBA student, works on marketing and web design projects for the College of Business Institute for Entrepreneurship.
The College of Business hires graduate students as graduate support assistants. In that role, you will work for 10 hours per week in one of the undergraduate disciplines or administrative offices within the College of Business. You will not teach any classes.
- assist faculty with grading, posting grades, proctoring exams
- assist faculty with research
- assist administrative staff with office duties as assigned
Eligibility & Requirements
To be eligible for an assistantship, you must be admitted into one of the following on-campus graduate programs prior to being awarded an assistantship. We evaluate your application for admission into the degree program to review your academic merit.
You must have a course load of at least nine credits per semester to be eligible for and maintain an assistantship. Assistantships are awarded on a semester basis for one academic year only, starting fall semester. Your supervisor will evaluate your performance at the end of the fall semester to determine if your assistantship will be renewed for spring. You also must maintain a 3.0 GPA during each semester to keep your assistantship.
How to Apply
Interested first-year graduate students must apply for an assistantship by submitting the online Graduate Assistantship Application, along with a current resume. Applications received prior to March 1 will be given priority. The final deadline is June 15.
Timeline and Notifications
- Applications open Nov. 1.
- Applications received on or prior to March 1 will be given priority. Following that date, applications are reviewed as they are received. Applications will stop being accepted on June 15.
- Applications are reviewed by program directors starting March 2.
- Notices to selected students start going out April 1. Following that date, notifications will be delivered continuously until all assistantships are awarded.
- Notices to non-selected students go out no later than July 15.
The CSU Graduate School provides more information about credit and grade requirements, terms and conditions, and current stipend amounts for graduate assistantships. Learn more.
“My assistantship immediately gave me the ability to have a strong tie to a faculty member in the College of Business, which allowed me to feel more involved in the culture on campus.”
Alexa Giannoni, Early Career MBA student