Graduate Assistantships

Sharing your passion for communication

The department of communication offers a limited number of graduate assistantship opportunities each year. Most of these positions involve teaching in the department's core undergraduate classes, including COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking and COM 209 Communication Theory. You may also be hired as a research assistant, supporting the academic pursuits of various faculty members.

Graduate assistantship positions are awarded on a competitive basis. Most assistantships are awarded late in the spring semester for the following fall semester. New teaching assistants will be required to attend a teaching assistant orientation and enroll in COM 710 Contemporary Communication Education

Other graduate assistantship opportunities may be available in other departments and offices at the University. Visit the Graduate Assistantship website for more information about openings.

Applying for a graduate assistantship

To be eligible for a graduate assistantship position with the department of communication, you must be admitted to the Graduate College and the graduate program in the department of communication.

To be minimally eligible for an assistantship, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be admitted to the Graduate College.
  2. Be admitted to the graduate program in communication.
  3. Hold an undergraduate major in communication, mass media, journalism or some related discipline.
  4. Obtained a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0; an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 in your last 60 hours; or a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on 9 or more hours of your most recent graduate course work.

Application Materials

A completed application consists of the following documents:

  • A completed application form for a graduate assistantship in the department of communication.

    Please type the application and provide all of the information requested

  • At least three formal letters of recommendation from individuals who can assess your potential to be a successful graduate assistant.

    Forms are provided for your use or you may have separate letters of recommendation sent. An application is not complete until all three letters of recommendation have been received. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that all letters of recommendation have been requested and received by the department.

  • A formal written letter of application for a graduation assistantship that briefly explains your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree in communication, your interest in the department of communication at Missouri State University and your qualifications for a graduate assistantship.
  • Any other materials that would assist the department in assessing your qualifications for an assistantship.

    This might include a résumé, additional letters of recommendation or written materials prepared in a professional setting. You are encouraged, if possible, to include at least one sample of formal academic writing. This could include what you consider to be your best undergraduate paper or a paper you have written for a graduate level course.

Applications and letters of recommendation should be sent to:

Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Communication
Missouri State University
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, Mo. 65897