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Graduate Assistantships

The M.A. in English program offers several Graduate (Teaching) Assistantships over a two-year period, with the number of new assistantships available each fall varying from seven to ten. Assistantships carry stipends of at least $14,000 per year plus a waiver of in-state or out-of-state tuition and fees. They are renewable for a second year given satisfactory performance in both teaching and graduate coursework.

Graduate Assistants teach at least three courses a year, starting with one course in their first semester.

    • Deadline to apply: January 15
    • Stipend: $14,000
    • Benefits: Tuition Fee Waiver, Health Insurance, Travel Awards
    • Workload: Teach 3 or 4 classes per year
    • Teaching Options in: First-Year Writing, Literature, and Technical Communication.
    • Other Work Options: Consult in the Writing Center, conduct research, or assist in administrative capacities.

How to Apply for Graduate Assistantships: (Deadline January 15)

To apply for an assistantship, follow the instructions for applying for the M.A. program of your choice (LiteratureRhetoric and Composition, or Technical Communication). In addition to preparing those application materials, complete the following:

  1. Submit all required M.A. in English program application materials by January 15, in addition to the following materials.
  2. Compose a one-page, single-spaced statement indicating why you would like this assistantship, what special qualifications you bring to it, and how the experience will affect your later professional plans.
  3. If you are interested in the Writing Center Graduate Assistantship, include a second one-page, single-spaced statement that discusses any previous writing center experience you have had and tells why you would like to be considered for this position. For more information: Boise State Writing Center.
  4. Include a curriculum vita or resume.
  5. Contact to request the Teaching Graduate Assistantship Application Form.
  6. Complete the Teaching Graduate Assistantship Application Form. Your responses to the questions and the student essay in this application offer us more information about your background. We believe that as writers and students you have had enough experience to assess how a piece of writing can be improved.

Submit the above materials, as well as all application materials for the M.A. program of your choice, through the Graduate College Admissions Application system.

Note that to be considered for an assistantship, all application materials (for both the M.A. program and the assistantship) must be received by January 15.


To apply for a Teaching Graduate Assistantship (and a Writing Center  Graduate Assistantship), complete the following steps:

  • Complete items 2-6 above
  • Obtain three letters of recommendation from people familiar with your academic work.

For current students, all Assistantship application materials must be submitted directly to the director of the program you are applying to. Students are responsible for making sure that all application materials have been received.