Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA)

A graduate teaching assistantship (GTA) is a professional position funded by a department or office at the University. Our program does not host or hire GTAs, but we partner with units across campus to identify potential openings. All assistantships provide direct service to the University’s programs and offices, as well as functioning as an integral part of the curriculum and total learning experience in the CSSA program. OSU GTA positions arise on a rolling basis throughout the spring, summer and into the fall. Because we do not control the GTA positions, we cannot guarantee that all admitted students will receive assistantships. But we will do our best to help pair you with available openings on campus.

To find open GTAs visit OSU’s job board.

To learn more about OSU’s GTAs hiring contracts, policies, benefits, and more visit: Overview of OSU GTAs

For a list of Frequently asked questions about OSU’s GTAs, visit: FAQs about GTAs

Staff Fee Reduction Program

CSSA participates in the Oregon Public Colleges and University tuition discount program. If you are a benefits-eligible employee (.5 FTE or more) at any of the qualifying universities, you can apply their tuition reduction benefit toward your CSSA degree. To learn more about this program and how to apply your benefits to CSSA, visit this link

An OSU graduate teaching assistantship provides the graduate student with a monthly salary (stipend), tuition remission, and an institutional contribution toward the graduate assistant-only health insurance premium. Assistantship appointments range from 0.20 FTE to 0.49 FTE (FTE meaning, full-time equivalent). An assistant on a 0.30 FTE appointment, for example, is expected to provide 156 hours of service during a 13-week academic term.

All graduate assistants are required:
  • To perform the full duties of service as determined by their departments
  • To be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours each term of their appointment during the academic year (9 credits during the summer)
  • To be making satisfactory progress toward an advanced degree.

Admitted CSSA students will receive specific information regarding open graduate teaching assistantships shortly after admission is offered.