Section One: Welcome


This handbook provides information related to graduate assistantships that are offered by, or in conjunction with, the Marquette University Graduate School, including those administered by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and the Graduate School of Management. An acceptance of a graduate assistantship assumes the acceptance of the policies and rules contained therein. Additionally, departments, grants and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs may have policies that supplement, but do not supersede, those in the Graduate Assistant Handbook. Students will be notified when policies are added or amended.

A Graduate Assistant Checklist is provided for your convenience.

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Statement from the Dean

Congratulations on being awarded a graduate assistantship. These competitive financial aid awards can be an important part of your professional development and source of support for your studies. They also provide a valuable way for you to participate in and contribute to pursuing Marquette’s mission. 

Graduate assistants play important roles in the Marquette community. Research assistants contribute to vital research agendas and the discovery of knowledge. Teaching assistants contribute to the learning and development of undergraduates, often serving as role models and sources of inspiration. Service assistants contribute to non-academic units and community partners as they apply theory to practice in supporting important initiatives and projects.

The guide is intended to support assistants in these endeavors and reflects the Graduate School's ongoing commitment to student learning and achievement.

Council of Graduate School Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees, and Assistants

Acceptance of an offer of financial support* (such as a graduate scholarship, fellowship, traineeship, or assistantship) for the next academic year by a prospective or enrolled graduate student completes an agreement that both student and graduate school expect to honor. In that context, the conditions affecting such offers and their acceptance must be defined carefully and understood by all parties.

Students are under no obligation to respond to offers of financial support prior to April 15; earlier deadlines for acceptance of such offers violate the intent of this Resolution. In those instances in which a student accepts an offer before April 15 and subsequently desires to withdraw that acceptance, the student may submit in writing a resignation of the appointment at any time through April 15. It is further agreed by the institutions and organizations subscribing to the above Resolution that a copy of this Resolution or a link to the URL should accompany every scholarship, fellowship, traineeship, and assistantship offer. 

This Resolution was renewed October 2019.

*Please Note: This Resolution applies to offers of financial support only, not offers of admission.


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