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Graduate Assistant Program

Prepare for Your Future as a Graduate Assistant

Earning your graduate degree can be affordable, flexible, and achievable!

As a graduate assistant (GA), you’ll have

  • financial ease (working 20–28 hours weekly, tuition fully covered, and low housing costs),
  • courses that are challenging and engaging,
  • and a community of Christian leaders and thinkers to lean on.

Simply put, you’ll receive an education with real-life opportunities and application. Download the GA brochure now and keep scrolling to find out more.

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What Students Say

The first semester, I consistently walked out of my classes thinking, “This is why God wanted me to stay as a GA.” The material is specifically designed to help us be the best we can be for Christ, and the faculty do an excellent job of giving real, hands-on techniques proven to help us do well in our future career. All the classes tend to be more open, like professionals talking to one another and discussing. Overall, being a GA has helped me on the path to my future by helping me in my field of study and giving me time to grow as a person.
There has never been a better time to sign on as a GA.

Chris Campbell

Curriculum and Instruction, English

Value of the GA Program

Pensacola Christian College Graduate Assistant Program Requirements

The Graduate Assistant Program at PCC operates like a scholarship, accepting only a select number of candidates each year to become graduate assistants. The eligibility requirements to earn and maintain this position are

Bachelor’s Degree

Or a master’s with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA for Ed.S.

Minimum 2.5 Cumulative GPA

Or a 2.0 cumulative GPA for M.Div. degree

Live on Campus

Not available for online graduate study

2- to 3-Year Commitment

Depending on your program of study

International Students

Completed One Full Semester

In undergraduate or graduate studies on campus before starting the GA Program

What Does a Graduate Assistant Do?

GAs will work 20–28 hours per week depending on their academic program and citizenship. While some opportunities may be related to your chosen field of study, jobs through the GA Program can fall within any area of the ministry. For example, you may supervise grounds or cleaning teams, serve as a teacher, or work in the publishing office. All of these experiences are valuable for life after school, even if they don’t directly relate to your chosen field.

How Do You Become a Graduate Assistant?

While applying for your master’s degree, indicate your interest in the GA Program. Once you’re accepted, you will be given access in your applicant portal to complete an employment application for the GA Program. You will also be reminded to complete your GA application when you receive your final acceptance email.

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Doctoral Assistantships

A limited number of doctoral graduate assistantships may also be available. Contact the Seminary-Graduate Studies Office at or 850-478-8496, ext. 5241, for details.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, but housing is not guaranteed. Talk to the Housing Coordinator about your specific circumstances, and we will do our best to accommodate your needs. Housing for families with children is reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

School year: GAs sign a contract that generally begins in August and requires attendance at the opening All Personnel Meeting (usually two weeks before fall semester starts). In some circumstances, you may request to begin in January.

Christmas holiday: You’ll receive a two-week unpaid vacation between semesters at Christmas, generally starting the week before Christmas and ending the day after New Year’s.

Summer: As a 10-month employee, your only responsibilities in the summer are summer classes. All degree programs except M.A. in Studio Art and M.A. in Graphic Design will have between one and four 9-day classes during the summer. You do not need to work during the summer but may choose to work during the weeks that you are not taking classes and make up to $520 a week.

The only financial obligations you’ll hold during your time in grad school are partial housing costs ($130 per month), books, and other class supplies. Since your assistantship is a scholarship, you will not be taxed on its value. GAs with kitchens can provide their own food, but all GAs may eat in the dining halls and are charged only the tax value on meals.

Yes, unless you are earning a seminary degree and have received prior approval to intern at a local church. There are many exciting opportunities for you to get involved and become part of the Campus Church family.

Yes! Students from all over the world have taken part in the GA Program. However, be aware that international students must complete or have completed at least one full academic semester on campus as undergraduate students at PCC or graduate students at PCC/PTS before being eligible for the GA Program.