Graduate Programs

Graduate Assistantship Funding

 

The Faculty is committed to providing assistantship funding (Faculty Operation funding), which can offset the costs of education, to new and continuing students in master’s and doctoral programs. Students are to note the following when accepting Graduate Assistantship (GA) Funding.

  • GA funds through the Graduate Programs Office are provided in return for service to the Faculty. This service may be in the form of teaching, research or other academic duties at the discretion of the Associate Dean.
  • the first priority for assigning duties from Faculty funds is to teach laboratory, seminar, physical activity and theory courses in the Undergraduate Program.
  • students may decline an assignment and in doing so, voluntarily reduce their level of financial support.
  • when students accept an assignment they are accountable to the Faculty for satisfactory completion of the assigned duties.
  • students who do not complete their duties in satisfactory fashion risk forfeiting future GA opportunities.
  • GA assignment letters are sent to students via e-mail. This letter indicates whether they have teaching duties, research duties or both. The assignments are divided into the Fall and Winter terms.

 Graduate assistantship appointment award and minimum salary rates are available in the Graduate Students' Association Collective Agreement, and Human Resource Services Student Employment. 

Additional information on Faculty funded Graduate Student Assistantships is available in our Graduate Program Manual. Graduate students may receive research assistantships from research funds (trust accounts) held by professors. Students and professors are to discuss their employment relationship as set out by the Graduate Students' Association Collective Agreement.

Funding Eligibility

  • Doctoral
    - First four years, stipend for 8 months (September - April) of each year.
    - 12 hours/week.
    - Full time registration required (min 9 credits per term). 
    - Potential to apply for funding during the spring or summer terms; this support may be in the form of a teaching assistantship.
  • Master's (Course Based)

    Course-based masters’ students (including MCoach students) are not eligible for Faculty Operational funded research assistantships (RA), but may be considered for Teaching Assistantships (TA) when available. Potential course based students are encouraged to submit a Graduate Assistantship application with their application for admission should they want to be considered for TA’s. Current students are to contact the Graduate Programs Office.

    - First two terms of the program, stipend for 8 months (September - April).
    - First term of the second year, stipend for 4 months (September - December)
    - 3 - 6 hours/week. Hours can vary depending on availability and the Undergraduate programs' teaching needs.
    - Full time registration required (min 9 credits per term).
    - Potential to apply for TA funding during the spring or summer terms.
  • Master's (Thesis Based)
    - First two years, stipend for 8 months (September - April) of each year.
    - 6 hours/week.
    - Full time registration required (min 9 credits per term).
    - Potential to apply for funding during the spring or summer terms; this support may be in the form of a teaching assistantship.