Graduate Assistantships

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 Application.
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, SRC Informal Rec, Aquatics, and Outdoor Program; College Student Personnel for Wellness; and any program for Marketing and Technoloy.
5. Complete the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
6. (Preferred) CPR/FA & AED certified.
7. Business casual dress requirement.
8. Graduate College Assistantship Policies.

All positions for the 2017 academic year have been filled. Announcements regarding 2018 - 2019 are forthcoming.

>> Additional information regarding the College Student Personnel (CSP) application and interview process is found at this website: http://www.bgsu.edu/education-and-human-development/department-of-higher-education-and-student-affairs/college-student-personnel/prospective-csp-students.html

To receive full consideration, a Recreation and Wellness application must be submitted online with three (3) letters of reference (via the online application, or via fax, in person, or by mail). Applicants may submit the same letters of reference submitted to the academic college. 

Before starting the online application, have digital copies of all documents necessary. Once the application has been started it cannot be saved. Closing the browser results in having to re-start the application process. The following documents are needed to complete the application:

  • Current health and safety certifications if applicable (e.g. CPR, First Aid) 
  • Additional relevant certifications if applicable 
  • Current resume
  • Letter of interest
  • Three letters of reference (may also be submitted at a later time using instructions below)

Additionally, have the following information available for completing the application

  • Education Information
    Undergraduate Degree of Study
    Undergraduate Cumulative GPA
  • Work history information (Employer, Position, Dates, Supervisor, and Phone number)
  • List of three references (Name, Relationship, and Phone Number)
  • Ohio residency information (See information below for full details on qualifications)

Letters of Reference: Applicants that do not submit any or all letters of reference via the online application must submit them to Thad Long:

E-Mail:    Thad Long - longtha@bgsu.edu
Fax:        419.372.8454
Mail:        Department of Recreation and Wellness
                Attn: Thad Long, Student Recreation Center
                1411 Ridge Road
                Bowling Green, OH 43403

Tuition scholarships are anticipated for 2016-2017 based on the academic program of choice. For 2015-16 the College of Health and Human Services (Master of Public Health), College of Technology and the School of Human Movement, Sport and Leisure Studies are providing scholarships equivalent to in-state or out-of-state instructional fees for full-time enrollment (9 credit hours for fall and spring semesters). 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. General Fees are borne by each student in all programs (~$560 per semester).

A two-year program and commitment is anticipated, pending available funding. The 2016-17 stipend includes ~$9,000+ for nine months. Additional hourly-wage work opportunities exist.