NMSU: Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
New Mexico State University
Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
College of Engineering

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Graduate Assistantships

Graduate School-Based Assistance

A limited number of Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships are directly available through the NMSU Graduate School.  The listing of the available support opportunities can be found here.

Klipsch School Teaching Assistantships

Teaching assistantships are availabe for both incoming and current graduate students. Teaching assistantships (20 hours/week during the semester) provide a two-semester stipend of approximately $16,000 and eligibility for in-state (reduced) tuition. A student awarded a teaching assistantship, a.k.a. Teaching Assistant (TA), generally teaches two to three laboratory courses. Teaching assistantships are generally awarded to Ph.D. students.

Incoming Students

For outstanding students (with a BSEE or MSEE) entering the Ph.D. program, the department will award a two-year teaching assistantship upon request. The student must meet one of the following:

* BSEE with a minimum 3.75 GPA (no MSEE)
* MSEE (thesis) with a minimum 3.5 GPA

After the second year, the Klipsch School (at its option) may continue a student's teaching assistantship or the student can arrange a research assistantship with a faculty member (see below). Continuation of a teaching assistantship will depend on the student's teaching evaluations, GPA, and progress toward the degree.  The deadline for a student to request a two-year teaching assistantship is August 1 (fall semester) or January 1 (spring semester) and students are encouraged to apply as early as possible.  Requests should be sent directly to the Department Head.

Current Students

Teaching assistantships may also be awarded to students currently enrolled in the Electrical Engineering graduate program based upon a Professor's nomination to the Department Head.  If a student wishes to be nominated for a teaching assistantship, they should discuss this with a faculty member. The deadline for teaching assistantship nominations is August 1 (fall semester) or January 1 (spring semester) and students are encouraged to begin the nomination process as early as possible.

Teaching Assistantship Limits

In addition to maintaining a minimum of 3.25 GPA, a TA is expected to make progress towards the doctorate

    1. For Ph.D. students with a MSEE degree, TAs are expected to
         a. have passed the Ph.D. qualifying exam by the 3rd semester
         b. have passed the Ph.D. comprehensive exam by the 6th semester
         c. have passed the dissertation defense by the 8th semester

    2. For Ph.D. students without a MSEE degree, TAs are expected to
         a. have passed the Ph.D. qualifying exam by the 6th semester
         b. have passed the Ph.D. comprehensive exam by the 8th semester
         c. have passed the dissertation defense by the 10th semester

In no case shall any Ph.D. student be supported on a TA for more than 8 semesters total unless an exception has been made by the Department Head.

For students working on their MSEE (thesis), teaching assistantships are limited to 2 semesters; if the student continues into the Ph.D. program, their time limit is reset.

International Students

If the student's first language is not English, they must pass the ITA screening exam or COMM 485 before they can be hired as a TA/laboratory instructor.  New TAs that need to be screened must arrive at the Klipsch School prior to the first week of classes so that the screening can be arranged through the ECE office.

Klipsch School Research Assistantships

A limited number of RAs are available for qualified students.  Generally, a RA is awarded by a faculty member who has external research funding and requires a student with specific skills or subject knowledge.  RAs continue as long as the faculty sponsor has adequate funding and is satisfied with student's performance.  A student must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and make adequate progress towards an EE degree.

Responsibilities for Teaching and Research Assistants

Students must register for at least 9 credit hours and have a minimum 3.0 GPA in order to be hired.

TAs/RAs are expected to be present on-campus at the start of each semester.  This means mid-August for the fall semester and mid-January for the spring semester.  It is suggested that TAs be on campus one week earlier in order to meet with the course supervisor and undertake the necessary training in order to be fully prepared by the semester start.  Failure to be on campus at the semester start may result in loss of your TA/RA.  If you are traveling before the semester start (especially overseas), please allow additional time before the semester start to ensure arrival and adjustment.  Please discuss with your course supervisor any additional duties you may have during final exam week that require your on-campus presence.

All new TAs must attend the *mandatory* graduate assistant orientation.  Please see this website for more information


All full-time, NMSU students can be employed for no more than 20 hours/week. Therefore if you are awarded a TA/RA (20 hours/week) you may not work elsewhere on campus.  If you are awarded a TA/RA (10 hours/week), you may work no more than 10 additional hours elsewhere on campus.

TAs should contact their advisor or course supervisor to get their course/lab assignment and number of hours/week you are hired for.  Please schedule a meeting with your course supervisor on or before the semester start and identify yourself as the TA for their course.