Are You Eligible?

Viable TA candidates in mechanical engineering are...


Full-time mechanical engineering PhD or MSME students


Confirmed by the DGS to be making timely progress towards their degree, including on-time completion of qualifying exams for PhD students.


PhD students in the graduate program for no more than 10 semesters (8 semesters post MS) or MSME students either in their first semester (and not in the course based program), or Plan A or B with an advisor, and in the graduate program for no more than 4 semesters.


Not already holding a 50% RA position or fellowship equivalent to 50%.


Not already enrolled simultaneously in CPT, OPT or GRAD 0999.


Speakers of English where nonnatives must have an English Language Proficiency (ELP) rating of 1 or 2 on file with the University at the time of application. This is departmental policy.

English Language Proficiency (ELP) Requirements

The University of Minnesota uses three assessments to determine eligibility for a teaching assistantship for students who are not native speakers of English. Results of these assessments are converted into numerical ratings, which determine teaching responsibilities. If hired, students with an ELP other than "1" must take additional steps to meet the requirements listed in the University policy regarding ELP Requirements.