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Graduate Council


Meeting Minutes Archive
Graduate Council By-Laws, May 2011
Graduate Council By-Laws, March 2019


The Graduate Council is the chief policy-formulating and advisory body for The Graduate School. Its duties are to formulate, review, and approve or recommend for approval policies and other items concerning the conduct of graduate study at James Madison University, and to provide leadership in advocating for graduate education and scholarship of the highest caliber. The Graduate Council actions are reported to the graduate faculty, to college deans and to appropriate administrators of the University.

Responsibilities of the Graduate Council:

  • Communicating policy on issues affecting graduate education;
  • Monitoring and advocating excellence in graduate education;
  • Setting the broad framework for all graduate study;
  • Making recommendation on policies with regard to graduate degrees and any changes or additions to such policies;
  • Making recommendations on procedures regarding student appeals

Specifically, Graduate Council approval is required for the following:

  • New program proposals
  • Deletion of graduate programs
  • Standards for graduate faculty
  • University-wide graduate policies
  • Graduate courses

Graduate Council Membership

The Graduate Council membership includes:

  • a representative from each graduate program;
  • the dean of The Graduate School, who will chair Council meetings;
  • a representative from the JMU library system;
  • a representative from the Office of Academic Affairs;
  • and two graduate students 

Click here for a listing of the members of grad council:  JMU Commissions and Committees

The Cohen Center, Wilson 107

Graduate Council Meeting Dates


2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Thursday, September 12, 2019 Madison Union 404
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Thursday, November 14, 2019 Madison Union 404
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Thursday, January 23, 2020 Madison Union 304
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19, 2020 Madison Union 404
2:00 - 3:30 pm (if needed) Thursday, April 9, 2020 Madison Union 404

Graduate Program Director Assembly Meeting Dates


2:00 - 3:30 pm Thursday, October 19, 2019 Madison Union 405
2:00 - 3:30 pm Thursday, February 20, 2020 Madison Union 404

TGS Calendar of Events & Announcements


Graduate & Professional School Fair Tuesday, September 24, 2019 Hotel Madison
3:00 - 6:00 pm
Three Minute Thesis Competition Friday, January 24, 2020 TBA
Showcase of Graduate Scholarship and Wednesday, April 15, 2020 Hall of Presidents
Creative Activities

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