University Graduate Council

The University Graduate Council is the representative body of the faculty of the Graduate School at VCU and serves to promote excellence in all graduate programs. While the council performs the functions of review and coordination, departments and schools are responsible for supporting and managing their own graduate programs. View the UGC bylaws.

There are four standing committees of the Graduate Council:

  • The Admissions and Academic Standards Committee recommends and reviews admissions and degree requirements for graduate programs. The committee hears appeals from applicants denied admission to graduate study or dismissed from the Graduate School and makes recommendations to the dean.
  • The Internal Review Committee is responsible for reviewing all graduate programs and establishing guidelines for graduate program review. The committee also makes recommendations concerning these reviews to the Graduate Council.
  • The Policy and Procedures Committee recommends policies and procedures for governance of graduate education to the University Graduate Council.
  • The Programs and Courses Committee reviews proposals for new and revised post-baccalaureate, graduate and professional courses and degree programs and makes recommendations to the UGC.


The UGC meets three times a semester with special meetings as called by the chair. All meetings are open to graduate faculty, who have a voice but no vote. View the 2017-18 UGC Meeting Schedule.