Ohio University

Graduate Assistantships

Policy for Awarding Associateships (With Tuition Scholarships) To Graduate Students


Applications for associateships will be accepted from prospective graduate students who are applying for admission to a program in the Department of Educational Studies OR graduate students currently enrolled in such a program. A student who has already received two years of support as a graduate associate in the Department of Educational Studies is ineligible to apply for additional support.


In selecting graduate associates the Department will show preference for: (1) students whose skills match needs for particular sorts of work within the Department, (2) doctoral students, and (3) students with excellent records of academic performance.

Application Deadline

Applications are due on or before March 15 [PDF] of the year prior to the one for which support is being sought.

Counselor education students may apply for a Graduate Appointment (GA) in the Department of Counseling and Higher Education. Applications [PDF] received by January 15th receive priority and reviewed following admissions decisions.

Graduate Assistantship and Teaching Assistantship Criteria

Graduate assistantships in Recreation & Sport Pedagogy (RSP) are based on the student's ability to best assist the department in accomplishing its academic mission. The graduate assistant (GA) student positions in the Department of Recreation & Sport Pedagogy (RSP) are graduate assistants. In return for a stipend and a full tuition wavier for the academic year, 15-20 hours per week is required, including office hours. Term of appointment is September through June.

Contact Dr. Bruce Martin, Department Chair, at martinc2@ohio.edu.

All graduate assistants are required to maintain current American Red Cross certification in both CPR for the Professional Rescuer and Standard First Aid and Safety. If certification expires prior to the end of the academic year, students must either make arrangements for recertification prior to the expiration date, or participate in the certification sessions scheduled during the second week of Fall classes. Any employee who has a potential to come in contact with blood will be required to attend Blood Borne Pathogens Training.

Prior to being considered for any graduate assistant position, a student must meet the admission criteria and be accepted into graduate school at Ohio University. The student must also maintain the academic standards of the department in which they are enrolled.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships (gta) include:

Please submit all application materials in PDF Form to Cheri Landrum, landruc1@ohio.edu.

There are also Graduate Assistantships in:

In addition to graduate assistantships, the Department receives a limited number of Graduate Recruitment Scholarships (GRS).

Thank you for your interest in our Department's graduate programs. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Department of Recreation & Sport Pedagogy (RSP) at rsp@ohio.edu or call: 740-593-4656.

Funding Opportunities

The Department of Teacher Education offers Graduate Assistantships (GA) and Graduate Recruitment Scholarships (GRS).

Graduate Assistantships (GA)

General GAs

The department has a limited number of GAs available each academic year. The department awards these positions and assigns you to work with 1-2 faculty members for a combined 20 hours per week. Once awarded to a doctoral student, the Department aims to continue to provide the GA for 6 semesters total. For master’s students a GA is typically only offered for 2 semesters. GAs include a full tuition waiver ($4,094.00 each Fall and Spring). Additionally, for doctoral students a GA includes an $15,500 annual stipend and for master’s students a GA includes a $13,000 annual stipend (distributed bimonthly during Fall and Spring semesters). Students must be registered for 12 hours in each of Fall and Spring semesters and 9 hours in Summer. Tuition waivers are available for summer semesters (if a student requests one by March 1), but the stipend will not continue into summer.

Grant-funded GAs

The lead investigator of each grant selects students for these positions and students work with faculty involved in that grant for 20 hours per week. These types of positions are dependent on grant funding, so we do not always know how many will be available in advance of each academic year. Information about availability of grant-funded GAs will be shared via email as it becomes available. Grant-funded GAs include a full tuition waiver ($4,094.00 each Fall and Spring) and $15,500 annual stipend (distributed bimonthly during Fall and Spring semesters). Students must be registered for 12 hours in Fall and Spring and 9 hours in summer. Tuition waivers are available for summer semesters. The stipend may or may not continue into summer, depending on the stipulations of the particular grant (check with faculty lead investigator who awarded the GA to be certain).

GA Funding

  Tuition Waver Amount Stipend Minimum Credit Hours Work Hours
Fall/Spring $4,094 per semester

$7,750 per semester for doctoral students

$6,500 per semester for master's students

12 per semester 20 hours/week each semester
Summer Available if requested by March 1 None 9 None

Graduate Recruitment Scholarships (GRS)

The department has a limited number of GRSs and awards them to students on annual basis (the department cannot promise to continue these beyond one academic year at a time). Students awarded a GRS are assigned to work with a faculty member for 5 hours per week. These include a partial tuition waiver ($3,119.00 each Fall and Spring) and $975 stipend in for each semester (Fall and Spring). Students must be registered for 12 hours in each of Fall and Spring. There is no requirement for summer enrollment though tuition waivers are available for summer semesters if a student requests a summer tuition waiver by March 1.

  Tuition Waver Amount Stipend Minimum Credit Hours Work Hours
Fall/Spring $3,119 per semester $975 per semester 12 per semester 5 hours/week each semester
Summer Available if requested by March 1 None None None

Additional Fees

Please note that for both GAs and GRSs each semester includes $628 in additional fees that are not covered by any tuition waiver and that will be deducted automatically from the first stipend payment.

Applying for Departmental Funding

Prospective students applying for admission or students currently enrolled in graduate programs in the Department of Teacher Education who are seeking departmental funding assistance must complete the Department of Teacher Education Graduate Assistantship Application.

Funding is not automatically renewed each year. Currents students seeking funding must reapply annually by March 1 preceding the academic year for which funding is sought.

Criteria for Awarding of Graduate Assistantships/Graduate Research Scholarships

Graduate assistantship support typically will be limited to 6 semesters for doctoral students and 2 semesters for master’s students. This will qualify doctoral students for a maximum of 3 summer semesters of tuition waivers and master’s students for no more than 2 summer semesters of tuition waivers. Summer tuition waivers are not automatic and must be requested by March 1.

Departmental financial support is subject to satisfactory progress in the degree program. Based on evidence of satisfactory progress, priority for awarding funding will be given to second- and third-year doctoral students who have already been awarded aid the previous year and who have demonstrated adequate progress towards their degree. GA/GRS positions will be awarded to the best qualified applicants based upon the following criteria:

  1. GPA  of 3.40 or better in the previous degree program program.
  2. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) verbal and quantitative scores – minimum 300 for doctoral students and 290 for master’s students.
  3. Appropriateness of prior experiences and completed degree programs in providing adequate preparation for the graduate program of study.
  4. Applicant’s description of the type and length of professional service, professional activities, research, writing, participation in professional organizations, or special projects.

In instances where non-Department of Teacher Education funds (such as specific grants and projects) are available, special and/or additional criteria may be employed for a graduate appointment. Any application for a graduate assistantship that requires deviation from the above criteria will be considered on an individual basis.


Allyson Hallman-Thrasher
Program Coordinator
309 McCracken Hall

Below is a list of offices that frequently offer graduate assistantships. For more information on currently available assistantships, please refer to the Graduate assistanship positions.

Ohio University:

  • Academic Advancement Center
  • Allen Student Advising Center
  • Baker University Center
  • Career and Leadership Development Center
  • Campus Involvement Center
  • Center for Higher Education, The Patton College of Education
  • Community Standards and Student Responsibility
  • Dean of Students Office
  • Office of Global Opportunities
  • Events Services
  • International Student and Faculty Services
  • LGBT Center
  • Learning Community Programs
  • Multicultural Programs
  • Office for Multicultural Student Access and Retention
  • Housing and Residence Life
  • Vice President of Student Affairs