Council of Graduate Schools

The Council of Graduate Schools is composed of institutional membership from colleges and universities significantly engaged in graduate education, research and scholarship culminating in the award of the master’s or doctoral degree. Currently, CGS membership includes more than 470 universities in the U.S. and Canada, and 13 universities outside North America.

The CGS is dedicated to improving and advancing graduate education in order to ensure the vitality of intellectual discovery and achieve the highly skilled workforce necessary for the U.S. to effectively compete in the 21st century global economy. The council accomplishes its mission through advocacy, innovative research and the development and dissemination of best practices.

CGS serves the graduate community by focusing on important issues affecting all aspects of graduate education and offering recommendations and proven solutions to address these issues. The council serves as a resource for information and research on graduate programs, providing original research, white papers, testimony and legislative analyses to key stakeholders, Congress, federal agencies and the media.