The key players

A short guide to the principal departments that are here to support you through your program.

Your graduate program

Your graduate program is your first point of contact for many questions and concerns related to your degree. Go to your program to find out about program requirements, courses, funding opportunities, and graduate student assistantships. Your Graduate Program Administrator and Graduate Program Director will be your main contacts for these and many other questions.

Graduate Students' Association (GSA)

The GSA represents the collective interests of graduate students to governing bodies of the university, all levels of government and the surrounding Calgary community. The GSA can answer questions about: health and dental insurance plan, the graduate assistant Collective Agreement, volunteer opportunities and social events. See their website, or watch this video to learn more.

Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS)

FGS is the faculty of registration for all graduate students. We can help you with questions related to your registration, fee assessments, awards and scholarships, working with your supervisor, examinations and thesis submission. Go to Managing My Program to learn more about the administration of your degree.

International Student Services (ISS)

ISS provides support services and customized advising for all international students adjusting to life in Canada. ISS can answer questions on immigration regulations, visas, study permits, obtaining a social insurance number. They also provide advising and programming for international students. See the ISS webpage to learn more about its programs and resources.

 Check the Graduate Calendar regularly for information on all regulations concerning your graduate degree.

Graduate student services

The university offers a unique combination of academic support, professional development and health services to give you the means to set, reach and even exceed your goals. 


Student Success Centre

Meet with an Academic Development Specialist to work on your time management strategies or strengthen your critical reading skills, join the Graduate Writing Community, or connect with a Graduate Peer Mentor. Check out the many workshops offered at the Student Success Centre, as well as annual events like Grad Success Week or Academic Integrity Week.

Learn more

Graduate Academic and International Specialists

Have you run into a challenge that is affecting your academic life? The Faculty of Graduate Studies’ specialists provide confidential support and advice.

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Professional development

My GradSkills

My GradSkills has partnered with multiple organizations on and off campus to provide grad students with information about a wide range of valuable resources, workshops, courses and activities in a single location. The workshops are endorsed by FGS to be both academically sound and incredibly useful. They will build skills that you need now and that you'll need in your future career. 

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Career Services

Your career development is an ongoing process that will continue throughout your lifetime. Career Services has specialist advisors for graduate students who will help you effectively plan your career and support you in your job search. Explore the Career Services link for regular job postings.

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Wellness Centre

The centre provides comprehensive, holistic and accessible programs and services, including the Nomads Peer Support Team, a student network designed for the specific needs of international grad students. Learn more.