Graduate Assistantships at UNCW

Prospective students for the M.Ed. in Higher Education are eligible to apply for Graduate Assistantships at UNCW in multiple ways. First, students can indicate their interest in a Graduate Assistantship on their application for admissions. When doing so, students’ information is shared with open positions in academic affairs and support services. These positions are usually filled near the start of each semester, typically just a few weeks before classes begin.

The second option for Graduate Assistantships is for positions that are more closely related to Student Affairs and other student support services on campus. In order to be considered for these positions, prospective students must apply for admissions to the Higher Education program by the priority deadline, which is typically in March. Graduate faculty will review all applications submitted by the priority deadline and extend invitations to admitted students to attend an interview weekend that will be held on campus. All candidates will receive this information about the GA Interview Weekend following their acceptance into the Higher Education program.

Student Affairs Graduate Assistantships Application Process

First, you must apply to the program by the priority deadline of March 15th.  Be sure to get your application completed and submitted by the deadline.  You will not be extended an invitation to the interview weekend if you do not apply to the program by the priority deadline.  You must then review and apply for positions open for the upcoming academic year using the steps outlined below.

Review open positions for the upcoming year:  Graduate Assistantships for Interview Weekend at UNCW

Prepare the following documents for your Graduate Assistantship Application:

  • Cover Letter:  your cover letter should address your interest in EACH assistantship position that you are applying for.  In other words, you will submit 1 cover letter that includes a rationale for your interest in each of the 5 positions you are interested in.
  • Resume
  • Reference List

Save all three items as ONE document that is a PDF and name it: YourLastName_YourFirstName

Email your application document to Mr. Travis Wright,, Graduate Assistant for the Department of Educational Leadership.  Please include the following information in the body of the email:

  • Your name
  • Email address
  • Cell phone number or other preferred phone number
  • Master’s Program you are applying for OR are currently enrolled in
  • Anticipated semester of enrollment and anticipated graduation semester
  • List up to five (5) positions that you are applying for IN RANK ORDER (1 – top choice to 5 – lowest choice)
  • Interview weekend is scheduled for March 31 – April 1, 2017; will you be able to join us in person if you are invited to interview? If no, we will make arrangements to interview you via Skype or FaceTime.
  • If you are invited to interview, do you have any specific dietary needs or accommodation requirements? If yes, please indicate your needs.

Questions or Support

If you have any questions about this process, please contact Dr. James DeVita, Program Coordinator for the M.Ed. in Higher Education, via email at, or Mr. Travis Wright, Graduate Assistant for the Department of Educational Leadership, via email at