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MS Exercise Science - Graduate Assistantships

The Department offers GRA and GTA positions on two levels: Master's and Doctoral.

If you are an Athletic Training Student please note that MS AT students are not eligible for GRA/GTA positions due to MS AT's clinical education requirements.

Masters Level GRA/GTA

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

Graduate Teaching Assistantship (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
    • Admission to the MS Exercise Science Program (MS Athletic Training students are not eligible)
    • 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
How to Apply for a GTA
  • Submit your online application to the graduate program by the January 1st deadline.
    For both Master's and Doctoral GRA/GTA positions, first consideration will be given to students who submit complete applications by January 1.
  • 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.
GTA Selection Criteria

Graduate assistantships are awarded based upon the following criteria:

  1. Quality of application package
  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 UTA

Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA)

  • Funding:
    • Pay scale is the same as GTA.
    • Differ from GTA in that that these funds are paid by a graduate faculty member (most often funds come from research grants). Therefore the duration can differ from a GTA (can be longer or shorter) depending on the availability of funds.
  • Criteria:
    • Same as GTA with the addition that it is up to the funding faculty member to choose who receives the GRA
  • Responsibilities:
    • Register for and complete no fewer than 9 semester hours per semester in the fall and spring terms
    • Conduct the activities in accordance with agreements made by the funding faculty member.
How to Apply for a GRA
  • Submit your online application to the graduate program by the January 1st deadline.
    For both Master's and Doctoral GRA/GTA positions, first consideration will be given to students who submit complete applications by January 1.
  • 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:
    • Review the department website to get an overview of the research agenda and research interests of individual graduate faculty members.
    • Read journal articles by their preferred research mentor.
    • 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.
GRA Selection Criteria
  • Unlike the GTAs which are based on the decisions of a Departmental Committee, GRAs are awarded by the funding faculty member based upon the following criteria:
    • Alignment of research interests with a graduate faculty member who has agreed to serve as your faculty mentor.
    • Availability of funds from the graduate faculty member's laboratory.