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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 2021-22 GSC Tracking Sheet.

Fall 2021 Spring 2022
September 14 January 11
September 28 January 25
October 12 February 8
October 26 February 22
November 9 March 8
November 30 March 29
April 12


Committee Members:

Gary Wayman – (Co-Chair) College of Veterinary Medicine
Erica Nicol – (Co-Chair) Libraries
Yuliya Ardasheva – College of Education
Lonnie Nelson – College of Nursing
Peter Pfromm – College of Engineering
Uchila Umesh – College of Business
Mary Paine
– College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Vacant – College of Communication
Vacant – CAHNRS
Vacant – College of Arts and Science
Vacant – College of Medicine
Sreenidhi Krishnan – Graduate Student
Afef Marzougui – Graduate Student
Vacant – Graduate Student

2021-22 Call for Bylaws Updates

Graduate program bylaws are due for an update if:

  1. They are over four years old;
  2. They do not follow the current bylaws template with the updated terminology required by the Faculty Manual;
  3. OR they have updates to the Faculty lists section of their bylaws.

To update the bylaws, the program makes the necessary changes and gets these edits approved by their graduate program faculty. After this, bylaws can be submitted to Changes will have an informal review by the Graduate School leadership prior to being reviewed by GSC. After GSC approval, the changes are published on the Graduate School Bylaws page and forwarded to Faculty Senate as an information item.

Look at the Program/Course Approval Documents below for updated templates and the GSC review checklist for bylaws revisions.

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


Program Coordinator