UC Berkeley’s Graduate Division maintains the full list of campus eligibility and training requirements for each ASE position. Please find a summary below.

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Basic Eligibility Requirements

  • Be in Berkeley, and available, from the official start of the semester until three days after the final exam is given. Please note that the semester officially begins roughly one week before classes start.
  • Maintain a minimum UC Berkeley Graduate GPA of at least 3.0
  • Have no more than 2 Incomplete grades in upper division or graduate level courses.
  • Enroll in at least 12 units as a graduate student during the semester in which you will hold the position. Individuals on Filing Fee Status are ineligible for ASE positions. *Graduate Students enrolled in self-supporting degree programs (EWMBA, MFE, and XMBA degree programs), do not have to meet the 12 unit minimum.
  • Unless specified otherwise, attendance at course lectures is required for all Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) and Readers.
  • Students can not work more than 50% time (20 hours/week) during the Academic Semester.

The following should be noted for Haas appointments:

    • MBA students in the first semester of course work are ineligible to work as GSIs, Readers, Tutors, and/or GSRs.
    • First-year PhD students may not be appointed to an ASE post without written consent of the PhD program.
    • Candidates may not serve as both GSI and Reader in the same course.
    • Candidates are ineligible to serve as an ASE for a course in which they are enrolled.
    • Appointments are contingent on satisfactory performance.
    • Non-UC Berkeley students applying for Haas ASE positions require a letter of recommendation from the home department to be considered for employment.

For International Students

  • Non-native english speakers must pass either the TSE (Test of Spoken English) or the SPEAK (Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit) before the start of an appointment (August 1 for Fall positions; January 1 for Spring positions). Information on these tests is available at Graduate Student Instructor Teaching & Resource Center. Candidates that hold a bachelor’s level degree from a U.S. institution are exempt from this requirement.

Please keep in mind at all steps of the hiring process, that hiring instructors can not make verbal promises to hire. Offers, if forthcoming, can only be made in writing via an appointment notification letter once a candidate’s eligibility has been verified.

Training Requirements for ASE Candidates*:

  1. New ASE Orientation
  2. GSI Teaching Conference
  3. 375-level Pedagogy Course
  4. Online Professional Standards and Ethics Course
    (direct link to registration)
  5. Language Proficiency for International Applicants

*Please note that courses listed above are mandatory for first-time GSIs unless specified otherwise [BACK to Eligibility]

New ASE Orientation is sponsored by the Office of Labor Relations and must be completed by all first-time GSIs, Readers, and Tutors. Registration is available online. Log onto blu (Calnet ID/password required), navigate to the UC Learning Center, and type “ASE Orientation” into the search. The Spring 20′ ASE Orientation Dates will be posted here.

The GSI Teaching Conference is offered through central campus. Pre-registration is required and information regarding the conference can be found  on the GSI Teaching and Resource Center Web site. The spring 2020 GSI Teaching Conference is scheduled for January 17, 2020 from 8am-4pm (for both first-time international and domestic GSIs).

375-level Pedagogy courses are required training for all GSI appointments. The Haas sections of this course provide only information specific to the nature of a Haas classroom. For this reason, enrollment priority will be given to GSIs supporting Haas courses. For more information about the Haas sections, please contact the Haas Head GSI.

The next section of MBA375 is scheduled for: Thursday, January 30, 2020, from 5:30pm – 9:30pm and will be held in TBD.

The next section of PHDBA375 will be held in spring 20′.

The Language Proficiency Program is available for first-time International GSI Candidates who do not speak English as a native language and require additional English Language support.

The GSI Professional Standards and Ethics online course is required of all first-time GSIs before any interaction with students either in person or online, in their role as an instructor, occurs. Enrollment instructions for the GSI online ethics course can be found here.

For comments or questions, please e-mail the ASE Administrator.