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Graduate Assistant Program

Earning your graduate degree can be more affordable than you think. As a graduate assistant (GA) at PCC, you’ll work about 20–28 hours per week for the school in exchange for free tuition and 90% of your housing costs. Most GAs earn their master’s or specialist degree in the same two or three years as their peers, while graduating debt-free.

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What Students Say

When you are in the GA Program, you’re not just furthering your education academically, but also practically by becoming a leader at work—wherever you’re placed. You’re sharpening your leadership skills and growing in your faith on a daily basis, while learning from faculty with years of experience.

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Educational Leadership student

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

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 to “Workday” in your applicant portal, where you can 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 ($105 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.