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Graduate Assistantships: A Great Way to Pay for Grad School

The average cost of a master’s degree for students is between $30,000 and $120,000—depending on the university and the master’s program of choice. Pile that on top of student debt from undergrad, and a master’s degree can seem financially daunting. But, the good news is…there are ways to have your master’s degree paid for! One way to have your master’s paid for, and gain great professional work experience, is by obtaining a graduate assistantship (GA).

I’m currently a GA for IU Campus Recreational Sports Group Exercise. And, as with most GA’s, my tuition is paid for and I receive a monthly stipend. My GA has helped me learn a lot about my field of interest, and it helps me apply real life work experience to my academic classes. I found my GA position through a website powered by NIRSA (National Intramural Recreational Sports Association), which is the national organization for Campus Recreation. NIRSA’s website for job postings is; this website constantly posts open positions for GA’s and professional jobs in campus recreation and other health and fitness settings. All you have to do is go to the website, click on the job postings, and read more about the position and the qualifications needed to apply.

If you’re not interested in a campus recreation graduate assistantships, another way to help pay for grad school is obtaining a graduateresearch/teaching assistant (TA) position. Most departments on campus will have TA’s, and they are graduate students who are working as assistants to faculty to supplement their graduate expenses.

So, if you’re looking into getting your master’s degree, start looking into ways to help you pay for it. If you’re interested in campus recreation, check out bluefish (and start getting involved at IU Campus Recreational Sports ASAP!). If you want to help faculty with their academic courses, start talking to your professors about how to get involved or how to apply. And, I highly suggest taking advantage of our Career Services department within the School of Public Health; they are a great resource with everything career related, and can help steer you in the right direction. Get out there, make some connections, and happy hunting!


ShelbyDietz_BioPicShelby is currently a second year graduate student in the School of Public Health studying Physical Activity, Fitness, & Wellness. She is working on campus at IU Recreational Sports as a Group Exercise Graduate Assistant. Fitness is her biggest passion in life, and she hopes to ignite that passion in others.



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IUSPH Career Services

Job opportunities for Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington majors are diverse and expanding as the emphasis on living a healthy lifestyle grows around the world. Career Services experts in each of our academic departments will provide one-on-one counseling and career building opportunities throughout your academic career, from choosing the right major to developing a strategy to find a job. They can assist you with:

•career counseling
•job placement
•volunteer opportunities
•resume and cover letter preparation
•interview skills
•graduate school preparation

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