Graduate Assistantships

Each spring, the English Department awards a limited number of graduate assistantships for the upcoming academic year. Graduate assistantships carry full tuition for up to eight graduate-level courses taken for credit towards your degree during the academic year (up to 12 courses over two years if the award is renewed) and a stipend of $7,500, payable September through May.

Graduate assistants are typically assigned to work in DePaul’s Center for Writing-based Learning, to perform editorial or administrative duties in support of the English Department and its publications and programs, or to assist in faculty research. Assistantships require about 20 hours of work per week at the Lincoln Park or Loop Campus during the fall, winter, and spring quarters. Any student in the M.A. in English or the M.A. in Writing and Publishing may apply for an assistantship.

To be considered for an assistantship, you must submit the following:

  1. a completed assistantship application form.
  2. a personal statement outlining your qualifications and goals for an assistantship.
  3. two letters of recommendation from people who are familiar with your academic work (additional letters may be submitted as well).
  4. official scores of your Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test results, which you must arrange to have sent electronically to DePaul (Institution Code: 1165).

You can download PDF files of all the application materials here.

For information about GRE test locations and times, go to the GRE’s website. Please select a GRE test date that allows your scores to reach us by the deadline.

Note about letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation should be sent directly to you in sealed envelopes with the writer’s signature across the envelope flap. Do not have your recommenders send letters directly to us. You may submit more than the two required letters if you wish. Make sure that you mail all letters together with your other assistantship materials in one envelope. See “Submission of Materials” section below.

Note to ALL students applying for graduate assistantships: Because your admissions application to your M.A. program includes official transcripts from colleges and universities you attended, you do not need to send new transcripts. Please have your GRE general test scores sent electronically to DePaul (Institution Code: 1165).

Submission of Materials.  Make sure you send all GA-ship materials (application form, personal statement, letters of recommendation) together in one envelope to the address below.  Do not submit a partial packet of materials.

Mail envelope containing all materials to:

Graduate Assistantships
Department of English
DePaul University
2315N. Kenmore Ave. Suite 312
Chicago, IL 60614-3214

For further information: If you have additional questions about admission to the MAE or MAWP or about applying for a graduate assistantship, please contact Ms. Jan Hickey, Assistant Director of Graduate Programs in English, at 773-325-4635 or at

Deadline for submitting applications for 2012-2013 Graduate Assistantships is February 27, 2012.


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