Graduate Program

Financial Support and Scholarships

Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA)

The Department supports some students by awarding graduate teaching assistantships (GTA). A GTA receives a monthly stipend for nine months and has their tuition paid. The tuition payment includes out-of-state tuition for the first year only. Out-of-state students are required to obtain in-state residency for the second year of their GTA.

GTAs are typically contractually obligated to approximately 20 hours per week. GTAs teach the equivalent of 4 classes, generally in laboratory or recitation sections of courses. Within the 20 hour commitment, GTAs prepare classes, teach classes, and hold office hours.

Graduate Service Assistantships (GSA)

Graduate Service Assistantship (GSA) positions are available in both the Adult Fitness Program and the Heart Disease Prevention Program. Students with an interest in clinical exercise physiology can compete for these GSA positions (note, students who opt for the clinical track can also be supported on traditional GTA funding).

Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA)

Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA) are available on an ad hoc basis. An individual faculty member who has grant support funds these positions. Interested applicants should contact faculty directly to inquire about availability of a GRA position.

Other Financial Support

The Graduate School lists many opportunities for students.

The Department is occasionally contacted by Recreational Sports to provide potential candidates for positions in recreational/intramural sports. Other financial support would be obtained through the Student Financial Services.

Students interested in the Athletic Training room should contact Athletics directly (

Doctoral Financial Support:

Doctoral students are supported on GRA positions, as a rule. Some mixed support can occur via a funding proposal to the department head that includes GTA support on occasion. Other financial support may be available through the Graduate School. It is to the benefit of the out-of-state student to obtain in-state residency.

Criminal Background Checks:

Students with University employment, and/or requiring access to University buildings, and/or working with specific populations will be required to undergo a criminal background check.