"The professors are tremendous because they treat you like a professional. They all love what they do and it's very obvious." - Gabe Kish, public administration grad student
Graduate assistantships can be a valuable part of MPA education, particularly for students who are pre-career. Full-time Graduate assistantships require 20 hours of work per week under the supervision of a faculty or staff member. Most GA's work with professors on research and service projects. In return, assistantships provide a $4,000 per semester stipend and a tuition waiver of up to 9 credits per semester. Half-time Graduate assistantships require 10 hours per week and provide a $2,000 per semester stipend and a tuition waiver of up to 4.5 credits per semester. SPNHA currently employs about the equivalent of 7 full-time graduate assistants per semester. Students interested in applying for a graduate assistantship must apply for admission to the MPA program (unless they have already been admitted) and send a completed GA application, letter of interest and current resume to Dr. Richard Jelier (616.331.6578).
MPA students have also had graduate assistantships with various GVSU departments and centers, including the Johnson Center for Philanthropy, Community Research Institute, Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, Graduate Studies and Grants Administration, Information Technology, Office of Financial Aid, Kirkhof School of Nursing, and the Athletic Department. Inquire directly to these departments about graduate assistant opportunities. For posted GA positions openings see the listings at Graduate Studies and Grants Administration.