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Graduate Assistantships

The Division of Student Affairs at Mississippi State University’s mission is to engage all students through programs, services, facilities and activities that promote active citizenship, learning, well-being and success. We extend this commitment to our graduate students by providing them real-world experience in their chosen career paths.

We offer graduate assistantships (GAs) to support our graduate students financially. In exchange, they work part-time in roles related to teaching, research or administration. Our GAs — located both within the Division and in affiliated offices across campus — primarily focus on administrative positions that align with our mission of engaging all students through various initiatives.

All current and prospective full-time graduate students and who meet the Mississippi State University’s Graduate School requirements can apply for a GA. However, special consideration will be given to students who demonstrate specific skills, expertise or background related to the position, those enrolled in a program specifically related to the work required of that GA position (e.g., Student Affairs & Higher Education, Counselor Education, Kinesiology).

The specifics — expectations, requirements, financial awards and contract terms (e.g., 9, 10, or 12 months) — for each GA vary depending on the office. Please review the job descriptions posted below to understand each position's details before submitting an application.

To apply for one or more of the positions, please click the "Apply Here" button to the right and submit a cover letter, résumé, contact information for three references and details related to your anticipated/current graduate program. In addition, please specify the types of GAs you are interested in.

We accept GA applications year-round. However, reviews take place if and when positions become available. Check the GA availability next to the relevant job description, which we update throughout the academic year. Many GA positions turn over after spring commencement, so the best time to apply is in the spring semester for a summer or fall start date. Offices will contact you directly if they are interested in your credentials.

Please note that the graduate program admission process at MSU is a separate from the GA application process. Application materials are not shared between academic programs and the Division of Student Affairs. Admission to a graduate program does not guarantee a GA offer and vice versa. Individual students must follow each process separately in accordance with relevant policies and procedures.

MSU offers a Student Affairs & Higher Education (SAHE) concentration for students seeking careers in leadership and administration in educational organizations spanning P-12 and higher education environments. SAHE program candidates are prepared for careers in higher education management, administration and leadership, with a particular emphasis on the college student experience and services related to supporting college student success.

Click the following link for more information or to apply for the SAHE graduate program:

Job descriptions and availability are listed below for the 2024-2025 academic year. Please check back regularly for updates.

Job Descriptions

Center for Student Activities

Graduate Assistant - Programs - Fall 2024 (2 Positions) - Available

Colvard Student Union

Graduate Assistant - Night and Weekend Operations - Fall 2024 - Available

Health Promotion and Wellness

Graduate Assistant - Healthy Dawgs Peer Education - Fall 2024 - Available

Office of Athletic Academics

Graduate Assistant - Available

Office of Pre-College and Opportunity Programs

Graduate Assistant - LeaderState - Fall 2024 - Available

Student Leadership and Community Engagement

Graduate Assistant - Service Programs - Available

Our Staff

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Regina Young Hyatt

Vice President for Student Affairs

Jeremy Baham
Jeremy Baham

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Thomas Bourgeois

Dean of Students

Jackie Mullen
Jackie Mullen

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Jhonda Sowers
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