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Graduate Assistantships: How to Apply

How to Apply

The Division of Student Affairs prioritizes students from the College Student Personnel master's program for these graduate assistant positions.The graduate assistant application process and the admissions process for the master's program in College Student Personnel are separate but concurrent processes. Below are steps for completing graduate assistantship applications in the Division of Student Affairs, as well as submitting an application for admission to the College Student Personnel program.

Graduate Assistant Application Process

Review the list of Graduate Assistantship position descriptions that include a corresponding link to apply for the position. Click on each position to locate the application link within the position description. The application link will take you to the job posting on the Human Resources website. Candidates may apply for up to 6 Graduate Assistantships. To apply, you will submit the following items to each position you pursue:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Personal statement (2-3 pages, encouraged to use the same as the College Student Personnel application statement)
  • List of references (A list of names and contact information for 3-5 individuals who can speak to your success in a position. Former supervisors, colleagues, employers, teachers, or faculty with first-hand knowledge of your abilities are appropriate choices. You will not submit letters of recommendation for the graduate assistantship application process.)

Candidates will participate in interviews with potential graduate assistant supervisor(s) during Graduate Assistant Interview Weekend, February 26-27, 2021.

College Student Personnel Application Process

Submit a completed Graduate Admissions Application and pay the application fee of $50 by January 1. Additional items you will be asked to provide include the following:

  • One official copy of transcripts from each undergraduate institution you attended
  • A personal statement of interest (2-3 pages) that tells the faculty about you as an applicant. The statement should address important factors in your life journey that have shaped your interest in College Student Personnel and motivated you to apply to this program. (This can be submitted with the online application to the Graduate College)
  • 3 letters of recommendations (can be submitted with the online application to the Graduate College)

Faculty will also arrange interviews with candidates during early January after the completed application is received.

If you submit paper copies of your personal statement or letters of reference, those should be postmarked by January 1 and sent to to:

The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education and Human Services
Office of Student Services
Ohio University
124 McCracken Hall
Athens, OH 45701

Application Timeline

October 1st, 2020
Applications open for Graduate Assistantships and the College Student Personnel program

January 1, 2021
Deadline for applications to the College Student Personnel program

January 4-11, 2021
HESA Faculty Interviews

January 11, 2021
Deadline for applications to Graduate Assistant positions

January 25, 2021 (approximate)
Applicants will be notified if they have been invited to Interview Weekend.

February 26-27, 2021
Interview Weekend 

Early March, 2021
Candidates will be notified of assistantship and program decisions

Questions regarding the graduate assistantship application process as it relates to the College Student Personnel program may be directed to Lindsey Ward, Associate Director for Leadership, Inclusion and Staff Training, at wardl@ohio.edu. Questions regarding OHIO’s master’s degree program in College Student Personnel or the doctoral program in Higher Education may contact Assistant Professor of Counseling and Higher Education, Dr. David Nguyen, at hesa@ohio.edu.