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2016-2017 Graduate Catalog
University of Houston
   
 
  Dec 17, 2017
 
 
    
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Duration of Appointment


Graduate Student Assistantships  > Duration of Appointment


The appointment of a graduate assistant is normally for the full academic year (Fall and Spring semesters), although a one-semester appointment is possible. Summer employment is not guaranteed and will be based on departmental needs.

A graduate student may be employed in a graduate student appointment position for no more than six long semesters (3 years) while classified as a master’s student.

A graduate student may be employed in a graduate student appointment position for no more than 10 long semesters (5 years) while classified as a doctoral student. Graduate students who pursue both master and doctoral studies at the University of Houston may be employed in a graduate assistantship for no more than twelve semesters (6 years).

For those who are employed in graduate student appointment positions and who are pursuing two graduate degrees at the same level (i.e. two master’s degrees) consecutively at the University of Houston, the time limitation starts over with the second degree. Therefore, a student who graduates with one master’s degree and then pursues a second master’s degree is eligible for up to 12 long semesters (or six years) while classified as a master’s student.