Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships offer degree-related experience and financial support for graduate students enrolled in the Student Development Administration (SDA) program. These experiences are often an important factor when competing for positions after graduation. In order to be eligible for a graduate assistantship, students must be admitted to a graduate program at Seattle University and make satisfactory progress toward their degree during their assistantship. It is recommended that students 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. 

Graduate assistants are typically employed from late-August to mid-June. Graduate assistantship contracts are annual, with the intention that the student remains in the position for 2 academic years. Admission into the graduate program does not guarantee a graduate assistantship. You can select to apply for a graduate assistantship when you apply to the SDA program. 

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. For more information, contact Genet Yadetta by email or telephone at (206) 296-6139. To apply, click here

Be sure to apply for the SDA program by December 1 to be considered for a graduate assistantship for the following academic year. If you have questions regarding your SDA application, contact Graduate Admissions at 206-220-8010, 800-426-7123, or

Graduate Assistantship Application Process

When completing your SDA program application, one step of the process is indicating interest in applying for a graduate assistantship. If you indicate that you are interested in applying for the graduate assistantship program, you will be asked to write a cover letter with a specific prompt (see below). Please note that the cover letter is separate from any personal statement or other SDA program application materials.

Please write a cover letter on the following: In relation to Seattle University's educational mission and values, (a) share your current work history and leadership experience, and (b) describe which specific departments and/or areas in student development you are most interested in learning about through an assistantship and why.


Once the application deadline has passed, supervisors of available positions will start reviewing materials of admitted students and will select the students they wish to interview. Admitted students will receive a Preview Days assignment along with an interview schedule. Interviews take place on the second day of Preview Days and are conducted in conference-style setting. Interviews are 30 minutes each and take place over a period of 4 hours. Applicants are assigned 3-5 interviews on average.

In preparation for your interviews, you will be asked, via an online survey, to provide contact information for 3 references; they can be the same as or different from those you submit for your SDA program application. If possible, references should be able to speak to your professional experience and skills. 


Graduate assistants are compensated with an annual stipend. The stipend for the 2019-2020 academic year is $15,605, before taxes, and is based on an average of 20 hours per week. The stipend is paid in three installments, one at the beginning of each quarter. Stipend funds can be used to pay tuition, but are not limited to that purpose and can be used at the student's discretion. Some graduate assistantships in Housing and Residence Life are also compensated with room and board. Information about these possible additional benefits will be provided during the interview and hiring process. Currently, there is no tuition remission benefit associated with graduate assistantships.


The following positions are available for the 2019-20 academic year:


December 1, 2018

Deadline to apply for both the SDA program and the graduate assistantship program.

Early February 2019

Receive SDA program admissions decision. If admitted, receive Preview Days assignment.

Late February/Early March 2019

Preview Days Group 1: February 21-22

Preview Days Group 2: February 28-March 1

Late March 2019

Hiring decision notifications.

Mid-May 2019

Receive graduate assistantship contract and new hire paperwork.

Late August/Early September 2019

Graduate assistantship mandatory training.

Please contact Nancy Gregory, Administrative Coordinator, at or 206-296-2525 with questions regarding the graduate assistantship program.