Offset Financial Costs Through Supporting Your Classmates


3 out of 4 of our full-time graduate students hold assistantships. An assistantship provides a nontaxable scholarship, which is applied to the tuition bill, as well as a taxable salary for carrying out assigned duties.

Graduate assistants work in the labs, clinics, and on the field. Specifically, assistantships are available in the following areas depending on availability and year-to-year needs:

  • Certified athletic trainers
  • Certified strength & conditioning specialists
  • Intercollegiate assistant coaches
  • Teaching and Research assistants
  • Wellness clinic supervisors & Exercise specialists

How to Apply

To be considered for an assistantship, applicants must have an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher. Typically, assistantships are awarded for two semesters and require a commitment of 12-15 hours a week. In addition, each graduate assistant is assigned to a supervisor. Further information is provided in our FAQ page. If interested, please complete our online graduate assistantship application through the Office of Admission.

Special Professional Certification Requirements

Athletic trainers
Certified by start of assistantship. 

Strength and conditioning specialists
NSCA-CSCS certified (or equivalent).

Wellness Clinic Supervisors
Must have fitness training experience and preferably ACSM or NSCA certification.

Collegiate level playing experience or equivalent. Be sure to identify the sport(s) you are interested in. International students may have different certifications or levels of playing experience. If in doubt, please contact the Graduate Program Chair.

Additional Opportunities
No current credentials? No problem! Graduate assistantships are available elsewhere on campus, such as the library or academic support services. It is up to each student to inquire these departments and offices as the Graduate Program Chair may not be informed about what is available and what is not.


Deborah King
Graduate Program Chair
Department of Exercise Science and Athletic Training
Ithaca College
324 Center for Health Sciences
Ithaca, NY 14850