Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships are a great way to earn some extra income during graduate school, and gain valuable experience working with staff and students.


There are currently three different opportunities that can help finance your education while providing you with practical ministry experience: Graduate Resident Adviser (GRA), Graduate Student Assistant (GSA), and Graduate Academic Assistantship.

Graduate Resident Advisers (GRA)

Graduate Resident Advisers (GRA) are part-time, 2-year professional positions that work for 10 months, typically 20 hours per week (hours fluctuate depending on the seasons and situations within residence life). GRAs are responsible for mentoring students, assisting in student care, and facility management. There are two types of GRA positions available:

  • Graduate Resident Advisers - Apartments
    These resident advisers are responsible for campus apartments and provide supervision and care of roughly 100 students within his/her apartment area. (approx. 10 hours per week). In addition, these resident advisers work in another division of Student Development (approx. 10 hours per week).
  • Graduate Resident Advisers - Residence Halls
    These resident advisers serve on a team of four people who manage a specific residence hall. During the year, the resident adviser mentors and supervises four undergraduate resident assistants and also provides care, support, and direction for the student care needs that arise on the resident assistants’ floors throughout the year.

2017-2018 Position Openings

  • Apartment Graduate Resident Adviser - Dean of Residence Life Assistant
    Outside of residence life, this GRA works with students and provides support and accountability in the area of sexual purity and internet accountability.
  • Apartment Graduate Resident Adviser - Discipleship Small Groups
    Outside of residence life, this GRA works in the Chaplain’s Office and helps organize discipleship small groups as well as mentoring individual cabinet leaders throughout the year.
  • Apartment Graduate Resident Adviser - Student Activities
    Outside of residence life, this GRA works in the Student Activities Office with a student group called College Union, which is tasked to create fun and meaningful community-building activities that bring students together.
  • Residence Hall Graduate Residence Adviser
    Three positions available. Descriptions of duties mentioned above.

Visit Human Resources to view job descriptions and how to apply. Applications will continue to be reviewed until all positions are filled.


GRA candidates are considered for merit based scholarships. However, please note that hired GRAs' merit scholarships may be reduced when coordinated with the staff tuition benefit. Graduate Resident Advisers receive:

  • up to four free course hours per semester (summer semesters included)
  • free housing (a one or two bedroom furnished apartment) including cable and wifi
  • furnished office space including computer (if needed)
  • a taxable yearly stipend of approx. $9,000
  • approx. $1,300 in meals at the campus dining hall


GRAs begin work in the middle of July and end the last week in May (specific dates may vary due to the college calendar). GRAs are on-duty one weekend a month and are free to travel off-campus one full weekend four times per semester. GRAs do not work the two and a half weeks between semesters and the week of Spring Break.

Graduate Student Assistants (GSA)

Graduate Student Assistants (GSA) are part-time, one to two year professional positions that work alongside various departments within Wheaton College. GSA positions provide graduate students the opportunity to both earn an income and gain career experience specific to the field in which they work. Currently we have one position available:

Visit Human Resources to view job descriptions and how to apply. Application deadline is March 1, and applications will be reviewed until all positions are filled.

GRA and GSA Application Process

Applicants may apply for more than one Assistantship. First consideration will be given to those applying to the Student Development concentration in the M.A. in Christian Formation and Ministry, and those who will have at least one year between completion of undergraduate and start of graduate studies.


  • GRAs must be enrolled in 8 or less hours.
  • GSAs must be enrolled as full time students.
  • Students applying for a M.A. in Christian Formation and Ministry, Biblical Exegesis, Intercultural Studies, Theology and History of Christianity are eligible to apply for a Graduate Assistantship in Residence Life.
  • Those applying to the Student Development concentration in the Christian Formation and Ministry program will be given priority.

Please apply with the Human Resources.

  • Assistantship application and Graduate School application must be submitted concurrently.
  • Telephone interviews will be scheduled during February with selected candidates.
  • Campus interviews will be scheduled for March and April.
  • GRA Applications are due Feb. 1st and will be accepted until all positions are filled.
  • GSA Applications are due March 1st.
  • Contract offers are conditional, pending acceptance into a graduate degree program.
  • Applicants are expected to make a two-year commitment; however, performance will be reviewed during the first year.

Graduate Academic Assistantships

A limited number of assistantships are available to graduate students who desire to work in a specific department of the Graduate School. The duties include clerical work, test grading, classroom or research assistance, and so forth. Pay is on an hourly basis up to ten hours per week. Second year students are given preference.

Complete the Application for Graduate Academic Assistantship (PDF) to apply.

HoneyRock Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistant (GA) positions are also available at HoneyRock, Outdoor Center For Leadership Development of Wheaton College, through the Outdoor and Adventure Leadership concentration. They are designed to sharpen the skills of ministry practitioners, equipping them to be exceptional leaders for the Christian outdoor, adventure, and camp ministry movements, and the church.

Visit HoneyRock Graduate Assistantships.

Contact Information

For questions regarding the application process, contact Human Resources at 630.752.5060. For questions regarding positions, contact the Associate Dean of Residence Life at 630.752.5427.

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