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Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are one avenue to pay for graduate coursework. Assistantships provide a monthly stipend and a full tuition waiver. General, course, and program fees are the responsibility of the student.

The Department of Accountancy only awards graduate assistantships to LMAS and MST degree-seeking students. Phase I LMAS international students are not considered for assistantships during the first year of the program.

There are two types of graduate assistantships: (1) teaching and (2) research. Graduate assistantships carry a full tuition waiver and pay a stipend depending on whether you are a full-time (20 hours a week) or a part-time (10 or 15 hours a week) assistant. If you are interested in either type of assistantship, you need to complete the Accountancy Assistantship Application (available in the department office).

The deadline for the application to be returned to the Department of Accountancy is March 31st. Please submit your application to Dr. John Simon, Director of Graduate Financial Assistance. Dr. Simon begins selecting students for graduate assistantships in April for the next academic year. You are not guaranteed an assistantship. Approximately 35-40% of LMAS students receive an assistantship. This includes assistantships with other departments and offices on campus.

The mailing address for the Director of Graduate Financial Assistance (e-mail is jsimon@niu.edu) and office location:

Dr. John R. Simon
Department of Accountancy
Northern Illinois University
Barsema Hall Room # 328N
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone number (815) 753-6203

Criteria for the Selection of Department of Accountancy Graduate Assistants

Graduate assistants in the Department of Accountancy are selected based on several criteria. These criteria include:

  • Providing the Department of Accountancy with an application to be a graduate assistant by the deadline;
  • Being enrolled in the Leadership Masters of Accounting Science (LMAS) program or the Masters of Science in Taxation (MST) program. Graduate students in programs other than the MAS and MST programs will not be considered for an assistantship in the Department of Accountancy;
  • Achieving an undergraduate grade point average of at least a 3.00/4.00 for domestic (U.S.) students;
  • Having good communication and computer skills;
  • Having a minimum GMAT score of 500 for those applicants not exempted from the GMAT.