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Mission

The mission of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is to promote university-wide academic excellence for graduate and postdoctoral education at McGill. GPS works in collaboration and consultation with Faculties, graduate programs, graduate student and postdoctoral associations and other administrative and academic units to oversee graduate policies and regulations, advocate broadly for the cause of graduate education and to foster an environment that actively promotes each student’s or postdoctoral scholar’s realization of his or her full academic and research potential.

Strategic Priorities

McGill’s world-class scholarly community includes over 250 Doctoral and Master's degree programs, and is recognized for excellence across the full range of academic disciplines and professions. Positioning McGill as the premiere graduate institution in North America remains the primary objective of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS). GPS will accomplish this goal by working in collaboration with other academic units, leading strategic planning initiatives and maintaining academic oversight and quality assurance for graduate education and postdoctoral training.

GPS has set a series of strategic priorities, both short-term and long-term, that build on the university’s traditional strengths and adapt and revitalize policies and procedures to the 21st century graduate environment. To that end, GPS’ objectives are to provide leadership, advocacy, and direction to aid the university to:

  • Ensure competitive financial support for students
  • Support graduate students to complete their degree in a timely manner
  • Guarantee high quality supervision for graduate students
  • Design and structure graduate programs
  • Ensure the quality of thesis review and administration
  • Improve the graduate student experience and provide professional training for both academic and non-academic careers

In an effort to further improve the student experience, GPS has partnered with Enrolment Services to offer streamlined services in a one-stop location at Service Point.


McGill is proud to be a member of the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS), Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), and The Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools (NAGS). 

Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS) logo The CAGS website
 offers various publications on best practices and research related to graduate education.