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Graduate Assistantships

Each spring, the English Department awards approximately 5-6 (out of a total of 10) 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 University 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 20 hours of work per week at the Lincoln Park or Loop Campus during the fall, winter, and spring quarters. Any current or prospective student in the MA in English, the MA in Writing and Publishing, or either of the combined degree programs may apply for an assistantship.

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

1) a completed assistantship application form. 
2) a 200-to-300-word personal statement outlining your qualifications and goals for an assistantship. 
3) two letters of recommendation from people familiar with your ability to perform academic work (additional letters may be submitted as well). *See "Note about letters of recommendation."
4) a copy of the writing sample that you submitted with your program application. 
5) official scores of your Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test results, which you must arrange to have sent electronically to DePaul (Institution Code: 1165).

The GRE General Test was revised in August, 2011. For more information about these revisions, please see the following website:

Click the application form link above to download the necessary forms (Adobe Acrobat Reader software required). Adobe Reader can be downloaded for free at Adobe's website. 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.

MAWP students may use the letters of recommendation submitted with their program application. Please include a note in your Graduate Assistant application indicating that you would like us to access those letters.

Note to ALL students applying for graduate assistantships: 

Because your admissions application to your MA 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 GAship materials (application form, personal statement, letters of recommendation, and a copy of your writing sample) together in one envelope to the address below.  Do not submit a partial packet of materials.

Mail envelope containing all materials:

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

If you have additional questions about admission to the MAE or MAWP or about applying for a graduate assistantship, please contact Jan Hickey, assistant director of graduate programs in English, at 773-325-4635 or at


January 15, 2017 - Deadline for submitting Graduate Assistant applications.

January 15, 2017 - Deadline for submitting MAE or MAWP applications if you are planning to also apply for a graduate assistantship.