University Council on Graduate Study

The University Council on Graduate Study (UCGS) develops basic standards, regulations, and policies applicable to all fields for graduate instruction and research. UCGS reviews, evaluates, and makes recommendations to the Provost concerning proposals for new post-baccalaureate degree and certificate programs throughout the University after such proposals have had prior review and approval by the appropriate people within the school. UCGS keeps informed regarding general developments affecting graduate education.

Learn more about the Organization of Graduate Study at the University of Pittsburgh.

Meeting Dates

Academic Year 2021–2022

All meetings are scheduled on Tuesdays from 3–5 p.m. via Zoom with the exception of September 9 which will take place on Thursday from 3-5 p.m. via Zoom.

Orientation for all members of council will take place on Wednesday, September 1 from 3-4 p.m. ET.

Fall Term 2021 Spring Term 2022                         
September 1 - Orientation January 11
CANCELLED September 9 February 8
October 12 March 15
November 9 April 12
December 7 May 10
  June 7



View the current roster of UCGS members and the areas they represent.

UCGS also has subcommittees on Graduate Procedures and Graduate Student Affairs; see the lists of current committee members.

Agendas, Minutes, and Annual Reports

Meeting of Council agendas are available from October 2002 through the current year.

Approved minutes of the UCGS Meetings of Council are available for the years 1996 through the current year.

UCGS communicates its decisions to the faculty, students, and administrative officers of the University through annual reports on activities, available from 1997 through the current year. Annual reports are also provided by the Graduate & Professional Student Government.

Guidelines and Resources

A number of guidelines are available related to areas such as assessment procedures, program review, academic planning, certificate programs, and more.

Doctoral Mentoring Awards

The Provost’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring annually recognizes outstanding mentoring of graduate students seeking a research doctorate degree. Up to four awards are made each year.