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Graduate Assistantships

Wheaton College Graduate School GRAsGraduate 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 four different opportunities that can help finance your education while providing you with practical ministry experience:

Graduate Assistantships are available to graduate students who are interested in working with students in the residence halls, apartments, or houses of Wheaton College. Graduate Resident Adviser (GRA) positions are available for all MA degree programs except Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, M.A.T. and TESOL. The appointment is for a ten-month period providing a stipend, 10 meals a week 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. If you would like to receive more information and application materials, please contact Human Resources, 630.752.5060. For questions about the position, please contact the Dean of Residence Life, 630.752.5427.

Graduate Assistants (GA) in Student Development are part-time, one to two year professional positions that work alongside various departments within the Student Development Division. There are GA positions in the Office of Christian Outreach, Office of Multicultural Development, International Student Programs, and Academic and Disability 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 are paid from a stipend and work roughly 20 hours a week during the academic year. 

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. First consideration will be given to those applying to the M.A. in Higher Education and Student Development, and those who will have at least one year between completion of undergraduate and start of graduate studies. More information about the positions can be found here under "Residence Life."


  • GRAs must be enrolled in 8 or less hours.
  • GAs must be enrolled as full time students.
  • Those applying to the M.A. in Higher Education and Student Development will be given priority.
  • Students applying for the counseling, psychology, and teaching degrees are not eligible for the GRA/GA positions.


  • Assistantship application 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 Applications are due Feb. 1st and will be accepted until all positions are filled.
  • GA 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.

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.

Graduate Assistant (GA) positions are also available at HoneyRock, Outdoor 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.

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.