GRADUATE ASSISTANT PROGRAM
- The graduate assistant (GA) program provides a credit for tuition, the cost of room & board, and a stipend for incidental expenses.
- Graduate assistants not living on campus will receive a taxable housing stipend.
- All other fees are the responsibility of the student (i.e. comprehensive fee, textbooks, recording and graduation fees, etc.). At the end of the course of study, the GA is expected to have no financial obligation to Maranatha Baptist University.
- GA placement is determined by the Director of Human Resources in conjunction with department supervisors.
- GAs are full-time graduate students. As such, GAs are not eligible for employee benefits but will be included in the employee discount offerings of the bookstore (usually 20 percent).
- A period of two weeks (three weeks for 12-month GAs) will be guaranteed as an “unscheduled” work period to allow for time away from campus.
- High quality work is expected from GAs in their work assignment and in their graduate study. GAs must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. If the work of a GA is unsatisfactory, the graduate program may terminate the graduate assistantship at the end of any semester.
- Graduate assistants may not work outside their assigned duties, nor may they work more than their assigned hours without prior approval from the Director of Human Resources and the respective Graduate Program Coordinator.
Compensation and Tuition
- Master of Education graduate assistants will normally commit to the program for two years. The student will enroll in 14-18 semester hours per year, with a limit of 32 total hours.
- Master of Organizational Leadership GAs will normally commit to the program for two years. The student will enroll in 18 semester hours per year, with a limit of 36 total hours.
- Master of Nonprofit Administration GAs will normally commit to the program for two years. The student will enroll in 14-18 semester hours per year, with a limit of 32 total hours.
- Position appointments that coincide with the school year (August through May) require between 1,100 and 1,200 work hours for off-campus GAs and between 1,150 and 1,250 hours for GAs living on campus. A stipend will be paid over 10 months.
- A graduate assistant assigned to work throughout the year (usually June through May) are required to work between 1,500 and 1,600 hours for off-campus GAs and between 1,550 and 1,650 hours for GAs living on campus. A stipend will be paid throughout the year.
- GAs should plan on working approximately 22 hours per week when on-campus classes are in session and 40 hours per week at other times. Those completing online degrees may adjust their work hours accordingly. Work schedules are set by department supervisors.