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Conditions for Eligibility


Candidates must be enrolled as full-time students in a degree-seeking program to be employed as a graduate assistant. Please note that graduate students in any academic program (communication, engineering, etc.) may apply for a Student Development assistantship.

Graduate assistants are expected to balance their academic workload with the requirements of the assistantship. Failure to remain in good academic standing will result in employment termination. 

Candidates may apply for an assistantship even if they have not been accepted into an academic program at the time of application. The application process outlined here is NOT linked with the application process and/or academic entry to graduate/professional education at the University of Dayton. Please submit any needed application materials to the academic program(s) of your choice, according to those separate guidelines, while pursuing the graduate assistantship. An official offer of a graduate assistantship for 2021-2022 is contingent upon the candidate’s acceptance into an academic program.


Each assistantship is twenty (20) hours of work per week with additional evenings and weekend hours required. Candidates must be in good disciplinary standing in order to be employed as a graduate assistant. Additionally, candidates must possess excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills in order to be considered for an assistantship.


Being employed as a graduate assistant may affect a candidate’s financial aid status. Candidates are responsible for inquiring with financial aid to determine the degree to which the compensation package will impact their financial situation before acceptance of the assistantship. 


As a Catholic and Marianist institution, the University of Dayton embraces diversity as a gift of God's creation and is committed to honoring the intrinsic values and dignity of all people, including and individual's race, religion, socio-economic status, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, (dis) ability, ideology, and other expressions of human difference.  We commit ourselves to eliminate discriminatory or hateful words and actions, pursuing equity, and becoming know as a fully inclusive and welcoming environment for learning, discovery, and community engagement.


Selection Timeline

All positions have been offered. Applications at this point will be considered as alternate candidates and reviewed should a position become available.

1. Complete the Application

Complete the online graduate assistant application. Don't forget to submit your resume, cover letter and essay answers (prompt is included in the application). 

It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure all materials are submitted for a thorough review. Late or incomplete submissions may not be considered.

2. Interviews

Interviews concluded on March 5, 2021. Applicants will be contacted by a department or office should a position become available and their qualifications meet the position requirements.

3. Offers

Offer letters for employment and alternates were sent on March 12, 2021. Additional information about alternate status will be shared with candidates who advance to the campus interview stage. Candidates must accept or deny an offer of employment/alternate status by April 15, 2021.


Get in touch with the Graduate Assistant recruitment and selection chairs by emailing


Vice President of Student Development

Gosiger Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0951