As practitioners, students get more out of and bring more to the curriculum as they hone skills they put to use in their professional setting.

Because this program has a strong practitioner focus, one of the requirements for the student affairs M.Ed. is the completion of a supervised assistantship experience in a student affairs (or related) area at an approved assistantship site. Student learning is enhanced through hands-on experience with the opportunities and demands of work in this field while they work to carry out the goals of the assistantship office.

The required assistantship is arranged through Interview Days. Part-time students must have a current position in higher education. 

Graduate Assistantship Stipend 

Please review the Graduate College website for the most up-to-date tuition, scholarship, stipend ranges, and assessed fees. 

In-state tuition: All graduate assistants working for Iowa State also qualify for in-state tuition.

Tuition remission: Doctoral students receive full tuition remission while master’s students receive one-half tuition remission. 

Health insurance: Graduate assistants also receive health insurance as part of their compensation package, vision included. Students also have the option to add dental coverage. 

Potential Assistantships

The following offices have offered assistantships in previous years. We notify applicants of the available current year offerings when they become available.

Division of Academic Affairs

College of Business

  • Academic advising

College of Design

  • Program coordinator

College of Engineering

  • Graduate recruitment
  • International programs and services
  • Undergraduate recruitment

College of Human Sciences

  • Career services
  • Multicultural programs
  • Undergraduate recruitment assistant

Division of Student Affairs


  • College Bound
  • Experience Iowa State
  • Group visits
  • High Ability recruitment
  • Multicultural student recruitment
  • New student programs
    • Destination Iowa State
    • Orientation
  • Office of Precollegiate Programs for Talented and Gifted (OPPTAG)
  • Upward Bound
  • Transfer admissions

Dean of Students Office

  • Academic Success Center
    • Tutoring
    • Supplemental instruction
    • Coach
  • Greek affairs
    • Leadership Education and Programming Graduate Advisor
  • Judicial Affairs
  • Hixson Opportunity Awards
  • LGBT Student Services
    • Social Justice and Equity educator
  • Margaret Sloss Women’s Center
    • Equity and Social Justice Coordinator
  • Multicultural student affairs
    • Carver Academy
    • Multicultural Vision Program
    • Multicultural learning community
  • National Student Exchange Program
  • Parent’s Association
    • Outreach
  • Student Support Services- TRiO
  • Writing and Media Center

Department of Residence

  • Desk supervisor
    • Barton-Lyon-Freeman & Birch-Welch-Roberts
    • Friley Desk & Union Drive mailroom
    • Helser
    • Maple-Willow-Larch
    • Wallace & Wilson
  • Graduate assistant
    • Frederiksen Court
    • Schilletter/University Villages
  • Graduate hall director (Barton-Lyon-Freeman)

International Students and Scholars Office

  • Orientation
  • Programming

Learning Communities

  • Program for Women in Science and Engineering
  • First-year learning communities
  • Second Year/Transfer communities

Memorial Union

  • Student Activities center
    • Dance Marathon
    • Leadership Programming
    • Programming
    • Service programs


  • Student Answer Center
  • Veteran services

Student Financial Aid

Student Wellness