Become a Member

    The Council of Graduate Schools welcomes your involvement and active participation by offering a number of membership and partnership opportunities.


    Institutional Membership

    Institutional membership in CGS is open to universities and colleges of higher education significantly engaged in graduate education, research and scholarship. Here you can see the institutional memberships CGS offers.


    Sustaining Membership Network

    CGS invites organizations, corporations, foundations and other associations who share the Council’s mission and have interest in promoting graduate education to apply for membership in the CGS Sustaining Membership Network.


    Corresponding Affiliate

    Available to national or regional education associations whose endeavors to further graduate education are compatible with those of the Council.


    Membership Dues

    Membership dues vary depending on level and type of membership. Here you can see a full list of the financial commitments expected of each member.


    Outreach Opportunities

    CGS offers its sustaining members a host of new opportunities for visibility at the organization's Annual Meeting. Non-members can take advantage of opportunities to exhibit at the Annual Meeting and to advertise in the CGS newsletter, GradEdge.


    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.