Graduate Assistantships

GA roles provide a solid base for a professional career in collegiate recreation.

Graduate assistantships are offered by the Department of Recreation and Wellness with the mission to best serve the needs of the department, students, and clients while collectively providing GA's with opportunities including retreats, mentoring, and the ability to enhance interpersonal skills and gain practical management and leadership experiences.

1. Bachelor's degree preferably in physical education, sport management, recreation, or a related field.
2. Complete the Online Recreation and Wellness Graduate Assistantship Application Form for Competitive Sports, Fitness, Perry Field House, or Student Recreation Center and Informal Recreation positions.
3. Apply through the College Student Personnel Program (CSP) for Wellness Connection and Student Programming positions.
3. Apply to the BGSU Graduate College.
4. Acceptance into a BGSU graduate degree program. Some positions require specific program acceptance: Human Movement, Sport, and Leisure Studies (HMSLS) for Fitness, PFH/IM/SC, SRC Informal Rec, and Aquatics.
5. Complete the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
6. (Preferred) CPR/FA & AED certified.
7. Business casual dress requirement.
8. Adhere to Graduate College Assistantship Policies

Position Staff Contact
Aquatics - Position filled for 2024-25
Jacob Muellerschoen 419.372.7482
Competitive Sports - Intramural Sports and Club Sports
Position filled for 2024-25
Bill Switaj 419.372.8045
Fitness - Position filled for 2024-25
Karyn Smith 419.372.9309
Perry Field House Operations and Special Events
Position Filled for 2024-25
Patrick Nelson 419.372.9017
Student Programming and Leadership
Position filled for 2024-25
Must also apply through College Student Personnel Program
Lona Leck 419.372.7235
Student Recreation Center Informal Recreation
Position filled for 2024-25
Julia Adams
Wellness Connection Advising - Position filled for 2024-25
Wellness Connection Programming - Position pending for 2024-25
Must also apply through College Student Personnel Program
Faith DeNardo 419.372.9351

To receive full consideration, a Recreation and Wellness application must be submitted online with three references. Applicants may use the same references as those submitted to the academic college. Additionally, a resume, cover letter, and copies of relevant certifications must be emailed to the point of contact for the position in which you are interested.

For More Information

  • E-Mail: Recreation and Wellness -
  • Fax: 419.372.8454
  • Mail:
    Department of Recreation and Wellness
    Student Recreation Center
    1411 Ridge Road, Bowling Green, OH 43403

Tuition scholarships are anticipated for 2024-25 based on the academic program of choice.

For 2023-24 the School of Human Movement, Sport and Leisure Studies is providing scholarships equivalent to in-state or out-of-state instructional fees for full-time enrollment (6 credit hours for fall and spring semesters). The Office of Recreation provides scholarship for the remaining three (3) credit hours for the fall and spring semesters, as needed to achieve full-time enrollment status.

The Department of Higher Education and Student Affairs covers the 42 hours needed for the degree, provided the student is in good academic standing, is making adequate academic progress, and maintains the internship. HESA eligible students are expected to apply for Ohio residency for the 2nd year. Students in other degree programs are encouraged to apply and are responsible to research scholarship amounts independently.

General Fees are borne by each student in all programs (~$ 780 per semester).

A two-year program and commitment is anticipated, pending available funding and positive evaluation. The 2024 -2025 stipend includes $12,000 (depending on major/degree program of study) for nine months, and it is expected that the 2025 - 2026 stipend will be similar. Additional hourly-wage work opportunities exist.

Updated: 04/23/2024 09:58AM