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Eastern Michigan University

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Graduate Economics Assistantships

To provide graduate students with financial assistance and practical training during their degree work, and to provide faculty with assistance in grading and research.

EMU-Graduate Assistantship Program Guidelines identifies several types of graduate assistantships. Among these are: departmental, minority, and college work-study. Department of Economics' assistantships are of the departmental type. For more information about the others, please contact the graduate school.

The number of graduate assistantships available as of Fall 2022 per fiscal year (July 1 through June 30) in the Department of Economics is approximately 10 half time. Often half-time assistantships are granted so that as many as 10 students may receive graduate assistantships in a given semester. Since the number of assistantships available is usually smaller than the number of applicants, there is a limit of three one-academic semester appointments per student.

Two sets of qualifications are required: 

Graduate School Requirements

  • The applicant must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, and have full or conditional admission to an academic department's degree program.
  • The applicant must possess an undergraduate grade point average equal to the average of students admitted to the college of Arts & Sciences, or a graduate grade point average of at least 3.0.
  • Students must register for a minimum of 6 credit hours for each semester in which they receive a graduate assistantship appointment. During their final semester they may carry fewer than 6 hours provided they are registered for at least one graduate level course.

Department Requirements

  • Student must be admitted fully to the program in the Department of Economics to be eligible for graduate assistantships. This requires completion of Intermediate Macroeconomics, Intermediate Microeconomics, Business Statistics/Econometrics and Calculus I with minimum grades of B along with a 3.0 GPA. 

  • Two letters of recommendation from college or university faculty members and/or administrators who are familiar with the student and his/her academic achievements.

International Student Application

In addition to the requirements listed above, foreign students must also have satisfactory proficiency in spoken and written English with a TOEFL score of 6.5.


  • The department reviews the applications according to GPA, letters of recommendation, etc., and makes the hiring decision.
  • Appointments are generally made for one semester at a time.

Criteria for Hiring New Graduate Assistants (GA's):

  • Academic performance as indicated by undergraduate (and if available, graduate) grade transcripts and by letters of recommendation.
  • Potential as a graduate assistant as indicated by letters of recommendation.
  • Previous experience as research assistant and/or familiarity with computers and software programs.

Criteria for rehiring Graduate Assistants for the Winter who had worked during the Fall:

  • Academic performance as indicated by grades and class rank in graduate courses.
  • Performance as a graduate assistant as indicated by reports from the faculty the GA works.

The director of graduate programs will collect the information above from the various faculty. Criteria for rehiring Graduate Assistants for the fall that were initially hired in a previous semester are the same criteria as for hiring a new graduate assistant.

For more information please contact Dr. Mehmet Yaya at [email protected].

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