What does the College of Graduate Studies do?

Graduate Student Support

  • Manage university-wide financial supports for graduate student research and education, including assistantships, fellowships, scholarships, and awards.
  • Organize events that enrich the academic, career development, and student life opportunities for graduate students.
  • Help graduate students navigate challenges that affect their academic progress.
  • Provide students, faculty, and graduate advisors with information related to graduate education.

Graduate Admissions and Recruiting

  • Manage graduate student admissions, in partnership with departments, through our Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluation team.
  • Manage enrollment targets and graduate student recruitment in partnership with CPGE and departments.


  • Represent the needs of graduate students and graduate education in university decision-making committees and bodies.
  • Highlight graduate student research, scholarship, and creative activity both externally and at the university.
  • Serve as a liaison between SJSU and the national and international organizations involved in graduate education.
  • Partner with University Advancement to raise the visibility of graduate education and the opportunities for investment with private donors, and corporate and government leaders.
  • Foster inclusive communities within all graduate programs.

Graduate Curriculum and Policy Matters

  • Work with the Curriculum and Research Committee of the Academic Senate to develop university policies related to graduate education.
  • Convene faculty and student advisory groups to identify opportunities for university-wide enhancements for graduate students and to graduate education.
  • Work with colleges and departments to develop new graduate programs.
  • Work with graduate programs to promote data-informed decision-making, program improvements, and innovations.

Academic Evaluation and Oversight

  • Review and certify graduate student completion of degree requirements through our Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluation team.
  • Participate in periodic program planning evaluation of all university graduate programs.


Newsletter Archives

Keep up with the College of Graduate Studies as we develop an archive of our monthly newsletter emails containing news, events, and opportunities for our graduate students.

2020 Newsletters

2021 Newsletters