Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships offer degree-related experience and financial support for graduate students enrolled in the Student Development Administration (SDA) programThese experiences are often an important factor when applying for positions after graduation.


  • Admitted to a graduate program at Seattle University
  • Make satisfactory progress toward your degree during the assistantship
  • Take an average of 6 credits per quarter to complete the program in two years, but more or less can be taken depending on the student’s progress through the program
  • Apply by December 1 for a graduate assistantship as part of your graduate admissions application

Terms of Employment

  • Most annual contracts run from mid-August to mid-June
  • Intention is for the student to remain in the position for two academic years
  • Second year students may apply
  • Admission into the graduate program does not guarantee an assistantship

Student Development Administration - College of Education

The Master's degree in Student Development Administration is designed for those who want to work with college students outside of the formal classroom. Creative educators are needed in all post-secondary institutions throughout the United States and increasingly in other countries. Nationally recognized for its "education of the whole person," this program fosters understanding student diversity, ethics and values, and the ability to adapt to specific educational environments. 

If you have questions about the admissions application process, please contact us at or (206) 296-5759.

December 1 Deadline for SDA admissions and graduate assistantship applications
Late January Applicants receive notification of admission
February 18-19 & February 25-26 Preview Days for graduate assistantship interviews (attend one session)
Mid March Applicants receive hiring offers
Mid May Contracts and new hire paperwork
Mid August  Mandatory orientation for graduate assistants

Please contact Eunice MacGill at or (206) 296-6066 with questions regarding the graduate assistantship program.

Graduate Assistantship Application Process

Graduate Assistantships for 2021-2022*

Albers School of Business and Economics

Center for Student Involvement

Housing and Residence Life

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Office of Multicultural Affairs

Orientation Programs

Student Conduct and Integrity Formation

University Recreation

Wellness and Health Promotion

* Position descriptions for 2022-2023 Graduate Assistantships will be posted in early November 2021.

Preview Days 2021

We look forward to welcoming admitted student's to the Division of Student Development and SDA virtual Preview Days experience in February of 2021. Admitted students will receive more information regarding Preview Days 2021 after January 22, 2021. The Preview Days team is supported by our Preview Days Coordinators (PDC) who are current SDA graduate students. Please feel free to reach out to anyone below if you have questions or would like to learn more about the student experience in SDA. 

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Jermaine Lark C. Rocacorba | Pronouns she/her/hers

M.Ed. Candidate in Student Development Administration

Center for Community Engagement (CCE) Graduate Assistant Coordinator for Student Leadership

Jermaine is in her first year of graduate school at Seattle University. She is from San Diego, California and is currently the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) Graduate Assistant Coordinator for Student Leadership. Jermaine identifies as first-generation, a Pinay community organizer, a creative, and Vice President of two nonprofit organizations, UniPro San Diego and Pag-Asa Law Clinic. She chose SDA because of the strong community of care for the whole person exemplified by faculty, staff, and students to the fun vibrant culture in Seattle.

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Brett Behrens | Pronouns he/him/his

M.Ed. Candidate in Student Development Administration

Housing and Residence Life (HRL) Assistant Area Coordinator for Campion Hall

Brett is in his first year of the SDA program. He is originally from North Canton, Ohio and is currently an Assistant Area Coordinator in Campion Hall for Housing and Residence Life. Brett identifies as first-generation, a Buddhist, and a bisexual cis male. He chose SDA because the SDA program is a catalyst for progressive problem solving. Within this program you will find dynamic conversations amongst different identities and functional paths, the ability to achieve your desired growth both professionally and personally, and the highest level of curriculum and professors to help engage in a diverse and justice centered discussion. At SU, family is created and everlasting, Go Redhawks!

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Gigi Gaultier | Pronouns she/her/hers

M.Ed. Candidate in Student Development Administration

Orientation Programs Graduate Coordinator

Gigi is in her first year of the SDA program at Seattle U. She grew up right here in Seattle, WA and is currently one of two Graduate Coordinators for Orientation Programs. She is passionate about community engagement, leadership development, and helping everyone have access to education. In her free time, she is usually with her two cats (Linguine and Fettuccine) or talking about the ocean. Please feel free to reach out to her anytime you have questions. She is excited to help you all in your transition to grad school.