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Minnesota State University, Mankato
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Graduate Assistantships

A limited number of teaching graduate assistantships are available in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. The major duty of graduate assistants in our department is to teach undergraduate laboratories. Effective communication in English about physics is essential; for international students, a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (PBT) or 82 (iBT) is required. All graduate assistants must be full-time graduate students.

Full graduate assistantships at MSU pay a stipend of $9,000 for the academic year. A full assistantship also carries a waiver of up to 18 semester graduate credits per academic year. The tuition waiver will cover full tuition for graduate-level courses for up to a 2-year period. To be eligible for an assistantship, the student must be eligible for admission to a Minnesota State University, Mankato graduate program.

Assistantship application forms can be downloaded from the web page of the College of Graduate Studies and Research. Completed application forms for graduate assistantships should be sent directly to the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Physics Graduate Coordinator, 141 Trafton Science Center N, Mankato, MN 56001. Review of applications for graduate assistantships starts on March 15 and continues until all positions are filled.

Other assistantships are available from Student Affairs, the Memorial Library, the Learning Center, and the Residential Life offices of the University. Affirmative Action graduate assistantships are available for American ethnic minority students. A listing of available graduate assistantships is maintained at the Career Development and Counseling Center.

Other types of financial assistance are available through the Office of Financial Aid. Information may be obtained on the web page of the Campus Hub.