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Department of Kinesiology

Graduate Assistantships

The Department of Kinesiology offers financial support to qualified graduate students in the form of graduate teaching (GTA) and research assistantships (GRA). The Department of Kinesiology offers two levels of GTA support:

Basic GTA

  • Funding:
    • $10,000 1st yr/$11,000 2nd yr (does not include tuition coverage)
    • Renewable the second year based on positive performance evaluation and the maintenance of a minimum GPA of 3.00.
    • Out-of-state and international students qualify for in-state tuition.
  • Criteria:
    • 3.0 GPA in their last 60 undergraduate credit hours
    • 3.0 GPA in any graduate level credit hours
    • Unconditional admission to the MS in Physiology of Exercise program
    • International students must submit a TSE score of at least 45, or a score on the Speaking section of the TOEFL iBT of at least 23 or a score of at least 7 on the Speaking section of the IELTS. Alternatively, students who have not taken the TSE, or who have failed to attain a score of 23 on the Speaking section of the TOEFL iBT or a score of 7 on the Speaking section of the IELTS, may achieve a score of at least 45 on the
  • Responsibilities:
    • Teach 5 to 6 semester credit hours of kinesiology and/or activity courses each semester
    • Register for and complete no fewer than 9 semester hours per semester in the fall and spring terms

Enhanced GTA

  • Funding:
    • $15,000/yr, with full tuition coverage for two long semesters of full-time (9-hr per semester) study
    • Renewable the second year based on positive performance evaluation and the maintenance of a minimum GPA of 3.00.
  • Criteria:
    • Must be starting their first semester in a UT Arlington graduate program in the Fall semester
    • 3.0 GPA in their last 60 undergraduate credit hours
    • 3.25 GPA in any graduate level credit hours
    • Unconditional admission to the MS in Physiology of Exercise program
    • International students must submit a TSE score of at least 45, or a score on the Speaking section of the TOEFL iBT of at least 23 or a score of at least 7 on the Speaking section of the IELTS. Alternatively, students who have not taken the TSE, or who have failed to attain a score of 23 on the Speaking section of the TOEFL iBT or a score of 7 on the Speaking section of the IELTS, may achieve a score of at least 45 on the SEA examination administered by The University of Texas at Arlington’s Assessment Services Office.
  • Responsibilities:
    • Same as Basic GTAs
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Graduate Assistantship Selection Criteria

Graduate assistantships are awarded based upon the following criteria:

  1. Quality of research interest statement
  2. Availability of the candidates preferred research mentor to accept the candidate as a graduate research mentor.
  3. Common research interest by the candidate and the candidate’s preferred research mentor.
  4. Candidates academic record and GRE scores.
  5. Candidates career goals and future directions after completing their graduate study at UT Arlington.

How to Apply for a Graduate Assistantship

Submit following to apply for a graduate assistantship:

  1. Submit a research interest statement.
  2. Identify your preferred research mentor. In choosing a research mentor, candidates should assure themselves that the mentor has the desire and resources, including time, to provide the level of support needed for the successful completion of the candidates’ research training. The mentor must be selected from the Kinesiology graduate faculty.  It is the candidate’s responsibility to actively seek their preferred research mentor.  The candidate is encouraged to:
    1. Review the department website to get an overview of the research agenda and research interests of individual graduate faculty members.
    2. Read journal articles by their preferred research mentor.
    3. Make an appointment to meet with your preferred research mentor to review your research interests, career goals and your preferred mentors current and future research projects.  International candidates and out of state candidates who are unable to visit campus to meet with their preferred research mentor should contact their preferred mentor by email and arrange for a telephone or web based video conference to meet with the graduate faculty mentor.
  3. Submit your career goals and how studying under your preferred research mentor might help you achieve your career goals.
  4. Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
  5. Submit three reference letters where the reviewer addresses your potential to conduct graduate level research in you chosen research interest area.

Submit your materials to by February 1:

Dr. Mark Ricard 
Graduate Program Director
Department of Kinesiology
P.O. Box 19259
University of Texas at Arlington
500 W. Nedderman Drive
Arlington, TX 76019-0259

Graduate Assistant Selection Process

The research potential, commitment to research, academic record and research skills are the primary factors used by the departmental graduate assistant selection committee in awarding graduate assistant positions.  In addition at least one graduate faculty member must be willing to accept the potential graduate assistant candidate as a research mentee. Candidates will be interviewed in person or by telephone as part of the selection process. Review of applicants begins on February 1.  Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

In addition to the GTA positions described above, the Department of Kinesiology also offers several GRA positions each year. The awarding of these positions is based on the availability of research funding obtained by the Department’s graduate faculty. These positions do not require teaching, but rather, students will be assigned to a specific faculty member to work within a specific research laboratory.