Students admitted into a graduate program may be awarded financial support in the form of an assistantship. These programs provide financial support to enable students to focus their research and academic endeavors. To assist graduate students with the cost of their studies, the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies strives to ensure funding for as many MS students as possible.

We offer both Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA) and Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA) to worthy students. We do our best to match student interests with the needs of the faculty and the department. RCLS graduate assistants have helped with course mechanics (e.g., teaching, grading, holding study sessions), research projects (e.g., investigating the use of video games in treating PTSD, exploring how involvement in campus recreation activities affects student leadership development), and special projects (e.g., creating marketing materials, developing assessment tools, engaging in community outreach). The assignments are varied.

Students must apply for an assistantship and will be selected based on an evaluation of academic records, recommendations, experience, and other relevant criteria. To qualify for a full-time assistantship, students must be enrolled as a full-time student and in good academic standing. The Graduate School provides a full list of eligibility requirements as well as detailed information about policies related to graduate assistantships.

To find out about available assistantship positions within RCLS, please contact our graduate program director, Dr. Thom Skalko. He can assist you with the Graduate Assistant Application Form and helps the Department Chair in making assignments.