Graduate Council (GC)


The Graduate Council is delegated to make policy for graduate education at UCLA, except for the M.D., J.D., LL. M., S.J.D. and D.D.S degrees. It recommends to the Legislative Assembly graduate programs leading to new degrees, as well as disestablishment or consolidation of existing degrees. It periodically reviews and evaluates all graduate programs of study (in conjunction with Undergraduate Council's review of the related undergraduate program, where appropriate). It also recommends to the systemwide Coordinating Committee on Graduate Affairs proposals for new graduate programs leading to existing degrees and new programs leading to graduate level certificates.


  • The Council consists of twenty faculty members appointed by the Committee on Committees and confirmed by the Legislative Assembly for a term of up to 3 years. Members are selected to give proper representation to the departments, colleges, professional schools, and interdepartmental programs that offer graduate curricula. The Chair is appointed by the Committee on Committees and confirmed by the Legislative Assembly.
  • The Dean of the Graduate Division serves as an ex officio non-voting member.
  • Four graduate student representatives are appointed by the Graduate Student Association.

The Graduate Council meets on alternate Fridays during the academic year from 2:00-4:00p


The Council has two main policy subcommittees, the Committee on Degree Programs and the Committee on Fellowships and Assistantships.

  • Committee on Degree Programs: The CDP acts on proposals for changes in degree requirements, program modifications, course approvals, appeals of students and exceptions for service on Master's and doctoral committees. It considers and recommends policy on matters of graduate education, standards of admissions, and enrollment planning.
  • Fellowships and Assistantships: The FAC acts for the Council on fellowship matters and has responsibility for recommending policy where teaching and research assistantships are involved. It also assists in the coordination of the annual Graduate Student Support Conference.
  • Administrative Committee: The Administative Committee consists of the Graduate Council Chair and Vice-Chair, the subcommittee Chairs, the Dean of the Graduate Division, and appointed members of the Graduate Council. The committee previews the program review reports submitted by the review teams.
  • Graduate Student/Postdoctoral Scholar Well-being Committee: The charge of this Committee is to develop strategies and policy recommendations to improve and enrich graduate student and postdoctoral scholar intellectual and academic life and foster a sense of academic community at UCLA.
  • Self-Supporting Graduate Professional Degree Programs Ad Hoc Advisory Committee: The SSGPDP Ad Hoc Advisory Committee will actively engage with proposing units in supporting the development of proposals for self-supporting graduate professional degree programs and guide proposing units on how to fulfill all requirements associated with UCLA's SSGPDP guidelines. 

GC Chair: Leah Lievrouw,

Committee Analyst: Estrella Arciba,