Due to the continued spread of the COVID-19 virus and the public health recommendations that come with it, Arizona State University will be celebrating with its graduates in the 2020 Spring commencement in a virtual, online ceremony. The format may be different, but our enthusiasm for celebration has never been more inspired and we encourage you to join us in honoring ASU graduate and undergraduate students the week of May 11. Planning is underway. For more details, please check back here for updates and additional information about online activities. Commencement FAQ page

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Graduate Appointments and Assistantships

Graduate students can receive financial support through teaching and research assistantships as well as through student employment and internships.


Teaching and research assistantships are common forms of professional development and financial support for graduate students at ASU.

  • Assistantships carry a bi-weekly compensatory stipend for activities that may be relevant to each student’s own program of study and contribute to ASU’s teaching and research efforts.
  • Students holding assistantships must be enrolled for a minimum of six graduate credit hours each semester (audit hours do not count towards the six-hour minimum); additional credit hours may be required by the academic unit.   
  • Graduate appointments can range from 10 to 20 hours a week and stipend amounts can vary according to the unit and responsibilities of the position.
  • Graduate teaching and research assistant vacancies are posted by the hiring unit (usually on their website or their college's website). Students are encouraged to contact those units where their academic credentials, skills, and experience match.

Other opportunities for financial support are appointments such as Graduate Services Assistant, Graduate Intern and student worker opportunities thru ASU Student Employment.

Additional information is provided in the TA/RA Policies and Procedures Handbook.