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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

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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.) 

Interested applicants are required to complete the employment application for one position and the supplemental questions found here. Applicants will be given an opportunity to rank their position preferences in the supplemental questions. More information about the positions can be found here under "Residence Life."


  • Applicants must be enrolled as full-time students in the M.A. in Higher Education and Student Development.


  • Employment application for assistantship and Graduate School application must be submitted concurrently.
  • To apply you must complete Wheaton's employment application and supplemental questions, which should be emailed to hr@wheaton.edu.
  • Telephone interviews will be scheduled during February with selected candidates.
  • Campus interviews will be scheduled for March and April.
  • GRA and GA applications are due Feb. 4th and will be accepted until all positions are filled.
  • 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 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.