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 2022–2023

Fall Term 2022 Spring Term 2023                        
Thursday, September 29 – 3-5 p.m. In-Person Tuesday, January 10 – 3-5 p.m. – CANCELLED
Wednesday, October 12 – 3-5 p.m. Zoom Tuesday, February 14 – 3-5 p.m. – CANCELLED
Tuesday, November 8 – CANCELLED Tuesday, March 14 – 3-5 p.m. Zoom
Tuesday, December 13 – 3-5 p.m. Zoom Tuesday, April 11 – 3-5 p.m. Zoom
  Tuesday, May 9 – 3-5 p.m. Zoom



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

UCGS also has subcommittees on Graduate Procedures and Graduate Student Affairs.

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.