Montana State University

Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies

Montana State University
P.O. Box 172320
Bozeman, MT 59717-3440

Tel: (406) 994-4395
Fax: (406) 994-7420
Email: history@montana.edu
Location: 2-155 Wilson Hall

Department Chair

Dr. David Cherry
dcherry@montana.edu

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Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Teaching Assistantships

Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs) are awarded based on merit, departmental funding, academic performance prior to entering the program and prior performance as a GTA (for current GTAs seeking continuing funding), and are determined by the faculty as a whole.

Incoming or prospective graduate students who wish to be considered for GTA must submit their other graduate application materials to the office no later than the October 1 deadline.

Please submit a 1 page document describing your interest and qualifications for being a Graduate Teaching Assistant.

GTA positions typically include a 6-credit tuition fee waiver and a semester stipend. GTAs are expected to work 20 hours per week at their teaching assignments. GTAs work closely with their assigned instructor throughout the term of their assistantship. Under typical circumstances, teaching assistants will teach four, 50 minute sections of discussion for a history 100-level course. Discussion sections normally have 25 students each. All teaching assistants are required to attend the orientation offered by the Graduate School and the training sessions provided by the Department in the fall of each academic year.

Graduate Research Assistantships

Graduate Research Assistantships are occasionally available to students. GRAs are assigned projects by their supervising faculty, with specific duties and hours specified in their contracts.

GRA appointments do not receive fee waivers.

Email the Program Coordinator for more information regarding qualifications and requirements for Teaching and Research Assistantships.

Additional information about GTAs and GRAs at MSU is available at The Graduate School website: www.montana.edu/gradschool/policy/cat_grad_assist.html