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Higher Education Assistantships for Master's Students

Admission to the Master's degree in Higher Education Administration at KU is required prior to being awarded a graduate assistantship, and securing an assistantship is required for enrollment in the program. Administrative assistantships are available through a cooperative partnership with the KU Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs. A separate application form and interview is required for assistantship placements. The application requires a cover letter, resume, and list of at least three references. Students will receive in-state tuition, health insurance, and a stipend (note: housing positions also receive room and board) when they hold an on-campus assistantship. Students who select positions outside of the KU campus will not quality for in-state tuition. 

Available Graduate Assistantship Positions

The listing of available assistantships is published each year in December. View a list of available assistantship positions on the Student Affairs Graduate Assistantships website.  The number and type of assistantships will vary slightly from year to year. Assistantships are typically available in the following offices: Office of Admissions, Office of First Year Experience, Undergraduate Advising Center, Student Involvement & Leadership Center, Student Housing, Office of Multicultural Affairs, School of Education Advising, Financial Aid & Scholarships, etc.

A few assistantships may be available at other local higher education institutions. The following are a list of institutions within the Lawrence, Topeka, and Kansas City area that might provide assistantship sites: Avila University, Baker University, Haskell Indian Nations University, Johnson County Community College, Kansas City Kansas Community College,​ Metropolitan Community College, Park University, Rockhurst University, Washburn University, and/or William Jewell College. 

Expectations for Graduate Assistantship Positions

Typically students work between 20 and 30 hours a week in these positions. The assistantship positions may be nine, ten, or twelve month appointments. As a requirement for the assistantships, master's students will meet regularly during the first year in the program to participate in a series of seminars designed to complement the assistantship experience and formal coursework.

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Assistantship Requirement

Full-time students who are admitted to the MSE program in Higher Education Administration must also be offered a Graduate Assistantship in order to fulfill the program requirements. This approach reinforces our philosophy that having hands-on experience working in higher education is critical to your understanding of the academic curriculum. Learn more!

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MSE Application Deadline(s)
  • MSE Seeking Assistantship
    • Fall semester: January 11, 2016
  • MSE Full-time Higher Education Employee - OR - Seeking assistantship in KU Housing
    • Fall semester: March 4, 2016