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.

Meeting Dates

*Academic Year 2019 - 2020 meeting dates are being finalized and will be posted when they are confirmed. 

All meetings are scheduled on Tuesdays from 3–5 p.m. unless otherwise marked. Due to renovations in the Office of the Provost, meeting locations will vary and are indicated next to each date. 

Fall Term 2018 Spring Term 2019
September 18
2:00 - 4:00 PM
​2017 Cathedral of Learning
January 22
​2017 Cathedral of Learning
October 23
2017 Cathedral of Learning
February 19
2017 Cathedral of Learning
November 20
2017 Cathedral of Learning

March 19
2017 Cathedral of Learning

December 4
​2017 Cathedral of Learning
April 23
817 Cathedral of Learning
  May 21
​817 Cathedral of Learning


About UCGS

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


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


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


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 Annual Reports

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.