Conditions for Student Employment

To be employed as a teaching assistant, assistant instructor, graduate research assistant, tutor, academic assistant or assistant, graduate students at The University of Texas at Austin must:

In addition, nominees must not have more than:

  • Two grades of X (Temporary Incomplete); or
  • One grade of X and one grade of I (Permanent Incomplete).

Special Requirements for Assistant Instructors

Students seeking an appointment as an assistant instructor must also meet the following requirements:

  • Possess a master’s degree or an equivalent level of achievement in professional accomplishment and graduate study (30 hours, including 18 hours of credit in the subject to be taught); and
  • Have credit for 398T plus one semester of employment as a teaching assistant; or
  • Have one year of teaching experience at an accredited college or school. (A letter of verification from the former employer must be submitted to the Graduate School.)

Assistant instructors are employed to meet instructional needs at the undergraduate level, primarily in lower-division areas. Approval for an assistant to teach an upper-division course may be requested by petition to the Dean of Graduate Studies and must be approved before the assistant is assigned to the upper-division course.


Contact your department if you do not meet all of the requirements. Exception requests should be submitted in writing to the Graduate School by your program’s graduate adviser.

Exceptions may be granted in extenuating circumstances, but none are allowed for some policies, such as the 3.0 GPA requirement for teaching assistants and the registration requirement for a minimum of nine hours in the long semester.

20/30 Hour Limit

Assignments in a student job title at the university, including academic as well as non-academic positions, may not exceed 20 hours per week during the first two long semesters (fall/spring) of graduate study, and 30 hours per week during the subsequent semesters, including summer.

The following exceptions apply: During a long session in which they are enrolled, graduate students may be employed up to a maximum of 40 hours per week during spring break, winter break (after the last day of finals), and the end of the spring semester (after the last day of finals).

Limits for International Students 

International students may work as many as 20 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters. Full-time employment (21-40 hours per week) is allowed only during vacation periods for enrolled and continuing students.

International students who will be employed as teaching assistants or assistant instructors must obtain the International Teaching Assistant English Certification.