Assistantships are available and are the primary way students fund their graduate education. Kinesiology’s graduate assistantships are either research assistantships (RAs), teaching assistantships (TAs), or graduate assistantships (GAs). RAs, TAs, and GAs differ in their responsibilities:
TA. A TA provides teaching support for classes within the Department of Kinesiology and works under the supervision of one or more faculty members.
RA. An RA provides research support for a laboratory within the Department of Kinesiology and works under the supervision of one of more faculty members.
GA. A GA provides support for a service area within Iowa State University. Examples of GAs are working for the Exercise Clinic or Recreational Services.
Stipend. An assistantship provides a monthly stipend and includes a scholarship that covers ½ in-state tuition for M.S. students and full tuition for Ph.D. students. A graduate student must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher to hold an assistantship and to receive a tuition scholarship. A full assistantship is roughly equivalent to 20 hours of work per week.