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Washington State University Graduate School

Graduate Studies Committee





The Graduate Studies Committee (GSC) is a Faculty Senate committee supported by the Graduate School and the Office of the Registrar.  The GSC makes recommendations to the Faculty Senate and the Graduate School on graduate educational policies, programs, bylaws, and procedures, as well as establishment, continuation, modification, and termination of graduate courses and degree programs. Additional information about the committee composition and function can be found at the Faculty Senate GSC page.


2020-2021 Meeting Dates

All GSC meetings take place on Tuesdays, 3:10-5:00 pm, during the academic year. Agendas and minutes can be found on the GSC SharePoint Schedule and Agendas. For links to our exhibits, go to the GSC SharePoint or use the 2020-21 GSC Tracking Sheet.

Fall 2020 Spring 2021
September 1 January 12
September 15 January 26
September 29 February 9
October 13 February 23
October 27 March 9
November 10 March 30
December 1 April 13



Committee Members:

Uchila Umesh – (Co-Chair) College of Business
Gary Wayman – (Co-Chair) College of Veterinary Medicine
Yuliya Ardasheva – College of Education
Rebecca Cooney – College of Communication
Alex Dimitrov  – College of Arts and Sciences
Thomas May – College of Medicine
Lonnie Nelson – College of Nursing
Erica Nicol – Libraries
Peter Pfromm – College of Engineering
Lisa Shipley – CAHNRS
Pamela Thoma – College of Arts and Science
Vacant – College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Sreenidhi Krishnan – Graduate Student
Afef Marzougui – Graduate Student
Sabrina Koh – Graduate Student


Program/ Course Approval Documents

The dean or an associate dean of the Graduate School are available to provide assistance with any questions you might have about graduate education and policy.

Important information about degree and course requirements can be found in the Graduate School Policies and Procedures, in the Education Policies and Procedures Manual, on the syllabus website, and in the GSC Reference Documents.

Proposals to create, extend to another campus, rename, suspend, or discontinue a degree are submitted to the Office of the Provost, where you can find the instructions and appropriate forms.

Proposals to revise degree requirements, set up new plans leading to an existing degree, or create or revise graduate courses are submitted through the Office of the Registrar, where you can find the instructions and appropriate forms.

New or revised bylaws should be submitted directly to the GSC by emailing  When revising bylaws, please review the updated sample bylaws:


Once a proposal reaches the GSC, the committee uses the following templates in their analysis:

View Archived Meetings

GSC Meetings agendas, minutes and exhibits starting the Fall 2020 semester are available via the GSC SharePoint. Links on archived sites might be broken. For information on archived exhibits or past GSC actions not available online, please, contact us.


Joe Merrill, Assistant to the Dean
GSC Graduate School Representative


Madison Griffin
Program Coordinator