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) 296-5750.

Timeline Event
December 15 Deadline for SDA admissions and graduate assistantship applications
Late January Applicants receive notification of admission
March 7-8 Preview Days for graduate assistantship interviews 
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 2024-2025*

Thank you for your interest in the Graduate Assistantship Program offered through the Division of Student Development. To be eligible for any Graduate Assistantship positions, you must be a current or incoming graduate student at Seattle University who does not currently hold a GA position for the 2024-25 academic year.

All available Graduate Assistantship positions are now posted on the Seattle U student employment website, Handshake. You can log into Handshake with your Seattle U credentials and, if you meet the position requirements, you are welcome to apply through the Handshake application process.

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  • Graduate Program Coordinator (4-6 positions available)
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Office of the Dean of Students
Orientation Programs
University Recreation
Wellness and Health Promotion

* Please check back periodically to see if additional positions have been added. 

Preview Days 2024

We look forward to welcoming admitted students to the Division of Student Development and SDA Preview Days experience in March of 2024. Admitted students will receive more information regarding Preview Days 2024 after January of 2024. 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 GG Flint at or (206) 296-5750 if you have questions or would like to learn more about the student experience in SDA.

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