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Department of History & Geography

Department of History & Geography

Graduate Assistantships

The Department of History and Geography and the College of Letters and Science offers a limited number of graduate teaching and research assistantships to qualified incoming full-time graduate students. Assistantships provide tuition waivers and stipends for up to 19 hours of service per week.

Colonel Richard R. Hallock Prize Assistantships in Military History

Awarded to a master's student interested in military history who shows academic promise. The assistantship is awarded in the fall, and may either be awarded as a research assistantship or a teaching assistantship. There is no special application to apply for the named assistantship. The award is reviewed with the general application form and awarded to qualified candidates on a competitive basis.

College of Letters and Science Graduate Research Assistantships

Graduate Research Assistantships are available for award to master's students and include an annual stipend and tuition waiver. GRAs typically work with a faculty member as a research assistant for ten hours a week during the academic year.

College of Letters and Science Graduate Teaching Assistantships

Graduate Teaching Assistantships are available for award to master's students and include an annual stipend and tuition waiver. GTAs do not teach undergraduate survey courses, but assist faculty in U.S. and World History surveys during the academic year or serve as a special tutor in HIST 3125 Historical Methods. Students selected to serve as the special tutor will take a special course on writing in the social sciences through the English Department, with 3 credit hours counted in Area 3 electives for the degree.


Financial aid as a graduate research assistant and graduate teaching assistant is awarded prior to the fall semester. Review of applications begins upon submitting the application with a deadline of May 1 for all candidates.

As positions are competitive, it is strongly recommended that applications be submitted with the application to the degree program. Students may apply for both teaching and graduate assistantships at the same time, however, only one award can be held by a student at any one time

Criteria and Maintenance of the Awards

Students must be enrolled as a full-time master's degree candidate in History at Columbus State University. Students must demonstrate excellence in previous and current academic research and writing for both the GTA and GRA positions.

Students may retain their assistantships for a maximum of two years of full-time enrollment provided that sufficient academic progress is maintained toward their degree in addition to a GPA average of 3.5 or above in all graduate coursework while pursuing the degree. Failure to maintain academic progress and a sufficient GPA may result in the forfeiture of the award.

For general information on the graduate program, please see here