About GCGS

Graduate education has a central role in providing individuals with the advanced knowledge, skills, and abilities essential to guaranteeing Georgia’s and our nation’s economic and social prosperity. The Georgia Council of Graduate Schools builds awareness of the benefits and value of a graduate degree to the students and citizens of Georgia.

Established in 2013, the Council was founded to represent graduate education in the state of Georgia with four goals:

  • To share knowledge of graduate education among its members;
  • To advocate for the improvement and advancement of graduate education through appropriate channels;
  • To review and implement policies related to graduate education within the state; and
  • To enhance communication with stakeholders

The Council is governed by elected officers that form the Executive Committee. The members of the committee include the president, a vice president/president-elect, secretary, treasurer, communications officer, and immediate past president.

The Council meets twice each year, once during the spring semester and once during the fall semester. The fall meeting allows administrators to carry forward the work initiated by the Council. The spring meeting is planned as a conference for administrators and staff. The annual business meeting is held during the spring conference.

Membership in the Council is open to nonprofit institutions of higher education, which have a physical location in the state of Georgia and offer graduate programs/degrees. Member institutions must be accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Others, such as corporations, non-profit organizations, and individuals, may join as associate members.