GTA (Graduate Teaching Assistantship) positions. Students offered GTA positions take an intensive one-week seminar before the fall term begins, and then, under the continued supervision of the Director of Writing, teach their own sections of WR 121, the University’s first-year composition course. GTAs teach four sections per year across three trimesters; in other words, each GTA teaches one section each of two terms and two sections the other term.

GTA positions provide full tuition remission, health insurance, and a living stipend.

An Introduction to Teaching at OSU

  • 1st Year: During the first year graduate students will teach four courses, distributed over three terms, of Writing 121: English Composition
  • 2nd Year: During the section year graduate students will teach four courses, distributed over three terms, of a comibination of Writing 121: English Composition courses and courses within each students area of interest.

GRA (Graduate Research Assistantship) positions. Students offered GRA positions are hired to do various kinds of work in various units across campus. Examples include working with academic advisors, with administrators in the University or in the School, on special projects or initiatives, or as tutors. GRA positions provide full tuition remission, health insurance, and a living stipend.

Tuition Scholarships. Students offered tuition scholarships receive full tuition payments, contingent only upon successful progress in the program. We will also provide work opportunities for students to earn a living wage.

SPECIAL NOTE: Because certain sources of tuition funding across the University are designated for students belonging to particular minority groups, the MA program recommends that potentially eligible students self-identify by answering the relevant question on the online application.

All graduate students accepted into the MA in English and the MFA in Creative Writing programs are automatically awarded a graduate teaching assistantship.