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Graduate Assistantships at the Wheaton College Graduate School

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.

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Graduate Assistantships: M.A. in Higher Education and Student Development

Graduate Resident Adviser (GRA) positions are available to students in the M.A. Higher Education and Student Development program.

GRA positions are ten-month appointments that include a stipend, a weekly meal stipend in Anderson Commons throughout the school year, partial tuition remission, a one or two-bedroom furnished apartment, and other employee benefits. A two-year commitment is required. 

Open Positions

View current openings.

How to Apply

If you would like to receive more information and application materials, please contact Human Resources. For questions about the position, please contact the Dean of Residence Life.

Graduate Assistants (GA) are part-time, one to two-year professional positions that work alongside various departments within the Higher Education and Student Development program. There are GA positions in the Office of Christian Outreach, Office of Multicultural Development, International Student Programs, and Learning and Accessibility Services. GA positions provide graduate students the opportunity to both earn an income and gain career experience specific to the field in which they work. Students work 20 hours a week during the academic year, are paid a bi-weekly stipend and are provided a supplemental meal plan. 

Open Positions

View current openings.

How to Apply

Please see below for application process information. Visit Human Resources under "Residence Life" to view job descriptions and apply. Positions for the upcoming academic year are posted in early December of the current school year, applications are reviewed beginning at the end of January, and interviews typically begin on campus in March. (Note that applications will continue to be reviewed until all positions are filled, which usually occurs by May.) 

If you are interested in a Graduate Resident Adviser (GRA) or Graduate Assistantship (GA) position, you will be given an opportunity to indicate your interest in your application to the HESD Program. Review available types of positions here and list your interests when prompted. There is no separate application for a GRA/GA position. Instead, it is a part of the application process for admission to the graduate program.  


  • Applicants must commit to being full-time residential students in the M.A. in Higher Education and Student Development program.


Graduate Resident Advisers (GRAs) and Graduate Assistantships (GAs) receive financial assistance with housing, meals, tuition, and more. 

Graduate Assistantships: M.A. in Outdoor and Adventure Leadership

Graduate Assistant (GA) positions are also available at HoneyRock, Center For Leadership Development of Wheaton College, through the M.A. in Outdoor and Adventure Leadership. 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.

Learn More about Graduate Assistantships


Other Graduate 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.

Contact Information

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