Graduate Assistantships

The Graduate Assistantship Program of the Lubin School of Business offers highly qualified and talented full-time students the opportunity to work with faculty and administrators and to participate in a high value "hands on" educational experience.

Frequently Asked Questions About Graduate Research and Administrative Assistantships

To be eligible for a graduate assistantship, a student must:

  1. Be admitted and fully matriculated in a master's or doctoral program (advanced certificate students are not eligible for this program). Provisionally accepted, conditionally matriculated, and Bridge students are not eligible to apply until the successful completion of their provisional, conditional, or Bridge requirements.
  2. Have submitted official documentation of GMAT scores and all previous transcripts.
  3. Have submitted a complete resume which indicates years of work experience and details that experience
  4. Be a full-time student registered in graduate level courses during each semester of the appointment
  5. Give evidence of excellent communication skills, either through GMAT AWA or TOEFL scores
  6. Have a strong undergraduate, and where applicable, graduate academic background.

In determining eligibility for assistantships, we take prior managerial work experience, GMAT scores (minimum 550, minimum TOEFL score of 100) undergraduate and graduate grade point average (minimum of 3.0 required), letters of recommendation and communication skills into consideration.

Qualified students are encouraged to apply. Please include your résumé with all applications and submit them to the Office of Graduate Academic Advisement and Student Development. Please also send an electronic copy of your résumé for review to

Please note: This program is very competitive and meeting the above listed criteria does not guarantee and assistantship. There are many more eligible applicants than there are available positions.

Frequently Asked Questions about Graduate Research and Administrative Assistantships

I. How do I secure an assistantship?
The steps of the process are:

  1. Complete a Graduate Assistant application (this is part of your application for admission, or you can print another).
  2. Submit it with a current resume to Dean Melissa Grant's office - Graduate Advisement - 1 Pace Plaza, 4th floor West Section E.
    • Your acceptance to Pace University, your GMAT score and other admissions criteria will be verified.
    • You will receive e-mail notification of your eligibility for an assistantship from Dean Grant.
  3. We will circulate your resume and application to professors and administrators interested in working with you.
  4. If the professor finds you to be a suitable match, he or she will contact you and arrange an interview.
  5. After an interview occurs, the professor will inform the OGAASD of his or her choice and we will notify you.
  6. The OGAASD will complete a contract.
  7. After you sign the contract, it is your responsibility to contact the Human Resources office and to provide needed documentation, which includes a social security number.
  8. If you fail to register for less than the number of credits on your contract, financial aid will prorate your contract, meaning you will only be paid for the number of credits for which you have registered.
  9. Credits cannot be applied to the following semester. Credits are only valid for the semester of the contract.

II. What happens if I am not a Lubin Student?
Non-Lubin students are not eligible to participate in the Lubin School Graduate Assistant Program.

III. How long can I keep my contract?
Contracts are generally for one semester. If, after this time, you and the professor/administrator with whom you work would like to continue we will honor that agreement if you have maintained a CGPA of 3.5.

Your contract may be terminated at any time if your work is unsatisfactory.

If you and the professor/administrator cannot work together, we will do our best to find another professor with whom you can work, however; we cannot guarantee another assignment or a suitable match.

IV. How much will I be paid?
For the fall and spring semesters:

10 hours of work - $1,950 for one semester - 6 credits tuition each semester
20 hours of work - $3,900 for one semester - 12 credits tuition each semester

Securing a full assistantship is much more competitive than a half assistantship. We attempt to offer as many half assistantships as possible. After placing a substantial number of qualified students for 10 hours, we then offer an additional 10 hours for exceptional students or eligible students with whom another professor may want to work.

V. Can I work for the summer semesters?
Graduate assistantships are not offered for the summer semesters.

VI. When will a professor see my application?
For the fall semester, applications will be circulated mid-July through August. You can certainly call or visit the office if you should have any questions.

VII. What if I worked for a professor but never got paid?
Contact the Office of Graduate Advisement & Student Development.

Maintain open communication between you and your professor/administrator.

Do not assume your professor/administrator knows your schedule for the next semester.

If you are going overseas or away for the various semester breaks and will not be back in time for the beginning of the semester, please notify your professor/administrator.

All the best, and have a productive time at Pace University.