A number of graduate assistantships are offered to students through JMU's Center for Assessment and Research Studies. Various graduate assistantships are also available through other departments across campus. Assistantships offer additional opportunities for practical experience with assessment efforts underway at James Madison University. In addition, assistantships provide students with both tuition aid and a stipend. Students supported by full-time assistantships are expected to a carry a minimum course load of nine credit hours and are required to work 20 hours per week per semester.