Graduate Assistantships at UNCW

Students who have been admitted to the M.Ed. in Higher Education and plan to enroll full-time are eligible to apply for Graduate Assistantship positions (GA) at UNCW. There are two different pools of GA positions and each pool has a different application process.

Please note: Admission to the M.Ed. in Higher Education or any other graduate degree program at UNCW does not guarantee GA or other employment. All GA employment offers are contingent upon admission and subsequent full-time enrollment in a UNCW graduate program; specific positions may include additional employment requirements.

GA Positions in Academic Administrative Support Areas

The first pool of GA positions includes opportunities available through the Division of Academic Affairs in academic administrative support areas across campus. Admitted students who indicated interest in Graduate Assistantships on their admissions application are automatically considered for positions in this pool. Portions of the admissions application (e.g., contact information, resume, assistantship essay) double as the employment application for these GA positions and are shared with UNCW personnel seeking to fill vacancies. Positions in this pool are usually filled near the start of each semester, typically just a few weeks before classes begin.

GA Positions in Student Affairs and other UNCW Student Support Areas

The second pool of GA positions includes opportunities within the Division of Student Affairs and other UNCW student support areas. An updated list of vacant and filled GA positions in this pool, along with application instructions, is available on the Division of Student Affairs Assistantships for Graduate Students webpage. Many of these positions are typically filled by the end of May for the coming academic year. Prospective students interested these positions are urged to submit their admissions application and GA application(s) as early as possible.

Admitted UNCW graduate students who wish to be considered for GA positions in this pool should follow the application instructions provided at the top of the webpage. In mid-March, hiring managers and/or supervisors will begin reviewing applications and inviting selected applicants to interview for positions in their specific functional areas (e.g., Campus Recreation, Housing & Residence Life). Interviews will be conducted via video-conference (e.g., Skype, Zoom) or telephone. Please be advised that each hiring manager or functional area is likely to follow a somewhat different hiring timeline and vacant positions may be considered available until they are marked as filled. While no GA Interview Weekend is scheduled for Spring 2019, we welcome and encourage you to visit our beautiful park-like campus by the beach!

Application Tips from the Pros

  • Apply to any vacant position where you have sincere interest (even if you lack for a bit of experience)
  • Research the office(s) or unit(s) to which you’re applying – official websites provide a lot of helpful info
  • Tailor your cover letter(s) to reflect your specific interests in each position, relate your relevant experiences (direct and transferable) to key duties of the job; do so using the terminology found in the job description
  • In your cover letter(s) and resume(s), make your accomplishments, skills, and qualifications stand out by including quantitative or qualitative data as evidence of amount, scale, change, or improvement
  • Write your cover letter(s) using a tone or sense of voice that clearly conveys your sincere interest in the position, your confidence (not cockiness) in your qualifications and experiences and warmth
  • Format your cover letter as a formal professional business letter
  • Proofread before submitting: ask someone you know who writes well and is not shy about criticizing your work to proofread your cover letter(s) and resume before you submit them

Questions or Support

For answers to questions about specific GA positions (e.g., responsibilities and contractual obligations, hiring timelines, stipend and benefits), please email or call the contact person listed on the Division of Student Affairs Assistantships for Graduate Students webpage.

For answers to questions regarding the admission to the M.Ed. in Higher Education, program requirements and features, or to arrange an appointment with a faculty member to learn more about the program, please email Dr. Andrew Ryder, Coordinator for the M.Ed. in Higher Education, and Assistant Professor of Higher Education.

Please note: Admission to the M.Ed. in Higher Education or any other graduate degree program at UNCW does not guarantee GA or other employment. All GA employment offers are contingent upon admission and subsequent full-time enrollment in a UNCW graduate program; specific positions may include additional employment requirements.