Assistantships and Scholarships
Ithaca College offers a limited number of
graduate assistantships to students in programs leading to a master's
degree in communications, exercise and sport sciences, music,
and speech-language pathology. Accepted full-time matriculated students
in one of these academic areas who have a minimum 3.00 undergraduate
GPA are eligible to apply.
Ordinarily, graduate assistantships are awarded for the fall and spring
semesters of each academic year. However, if funds are available, graduate
assistantships may also be awarded during the spring semester and summer
sessions. Two letters of recommendation addressing work-related and/or
personal qualities must accompany each application for a graduate assistantship.
Deadlines for Completing Assistantship Applications
Application materials for assistantships must be submitted to the dean
of graduate studies before March 1, with the following exceptions:
Exercise and sport sciences -- assistantship applications are accepted throughout the year; however, for fall semester, applications received before February 15 are given first consideration.
Speech-language pathology -- February 1 deadline
Tuition Scholarship, Graduate Appointment Salary
A graduate assistantship consists of two parts -- a tax-free scholarship and a taxable work-related salary. The graduate
appointment salary will be paid through the College payroll system on
a biweekly basis from September 15 through May 15. The salary will not
be paid until the student has completed the W-4 and I-9 forms, which
will be available at registration. The recommendation for financial
assistance originates with the respective graduate chair and is approved
by the graduate dean.
The duties and responsibilities of each graduate assistant are arranged
and supervised by the appropriate school or department. An average of
up to 15 hours per week is normally required to fulfill a graduate assistant's
assigned duties on a full assistantship.
Ithaca College offers a limited number of graduate
scholarships to matriculated M.B.A. students. Scholarships range from
one-quarter to full tuition, and are awarded on the basis of academic
merit. In most cases, scholarship awards are determined by May 1, and
recipients will be notified by May 15. Completed applications received
by April 15 will receive first consideration for scholarships.
All applicants to the M.B.A. program are considered for scholarship
awards, which are announced when students receive notice of admission
to the program.
Credit and Load Requirements
Students must register for a minimum of nine credits each semester during
the academic year to maintain an assistantship (six credits in the summer).
Students with full assistantships may take a maximum of 12 credits per
semester. Students with full graduate scholarships may take a maximum
of 15 credits per semester.
A full-time student is defined as one who takes
nine credits per regular semester. During the summer, enrollment in
six credits is considered full time.
Full-time students on assistantships normally may not take more than
12 credits per semester. Full-time students on scholarships may
take 14 credits per semester. Exceptions should be requested in writing
and require approval of the dean of graduate studies. Students with
TAP awards must take 12 credits per semester, or nine credits plus a