Institutional Membership

    Institutional membership in CGS is open to universities and colleges of higher education significantly engaged in graduate education, research and scholarship. The Council of Graduate Schools offers three types of Institutional Membership.


    Regular and Associate Membership

    Available to institutions in the United States and Canada significantly engaged in graduate education, research and scholarship, and the preparation of candidates for advanced degrees.


    International Membership

    Available to institutions of higher education outside the U.S. and Canada that are significantly engaged in graduate education, research, and scholarship.


    CGS is the leading source of information, data analysis, and trends in graduate education. Our benchmarking data help member institutions to assess performance in key areas, make informed decisions, and develop plans that are suited to their goals.
    CGS Best Practice initiatives address common challenges in graduate education by supporting institutional innovations and sharing effective practices with the graduate community. Our programs have provided millions of dollars of support for improvement and innovation projects at member institutions.
    As the national advocate for graduate education, CGS serves as a resource for policymakers and others on issues concerning graduate education, research, and scholarship. CGS members receive regular updates of legislative and regulatory proposals impacting graduate education and are provided resources to use in advocacy efforts on their campuses and with policymakers and other constituents. 
    CGS is an authority on global trends in graduate education and a leader in the international graduate community. Our resources and meetings on global issues help members internationalize their campuses, develop sustainable collaborations, and prepare their students for a global future.