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 2019–2020 

All meetings are scheduled on Tuesdays from 3–5 p.m. in 817 Cathedral of Learning

Fall Term 2019 Spring Term 2020
September 17 January 14
October 22 February 18
November 19 March 17
December 3 - CANCELLED April 21 - CANCELLED
  May 19



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.