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    International Membership


    International Membership is open to institutions of higher education that are significantly engaged in graduate education, research, and scholarship. Applicant institutions must be committed to the pursuit of excellence and must already have been authorized to offer graduate level work by the appropriate national or regional body or organization.


    Institutions seeking membership must offer graduate(*) degrees (degrees beyond the first university degree level) in at least three distinct disciplines. Institutions also shall have awarded, in the three consecutive years immediately preceding application, at least 30 degrees at the master's level, or 10 degrees at the doctoral level, or some combination thereof. Applicant institutions shall have designated an individual who is responsible for representing the institution's activities in graduate education (the graduate dean or equivalent). Only institutions outside of the United States and Canada are eligible for international membership.


    (*) Graduate level education corresponds with Level 7 of the International Standard Classification for Education. Programs under ISCED Level 7 are for individuals who have a first university degree or equivalent, and are of two types: (1) extension of classroom laboratory-seminar type of learning leading to a master's degree or higher professional qualifications, or (2) original research resulting in a major dissertation, and leading to a doctoral degree.


    Benefits for International Member Institutions


    Representation and Visibility in the Graduate Community

    • Publication of your institutional website address on the CGS website
    • Access to the searchable online Membership Directory, which provides the names, titles, contact information, and academic fields of deans at member institutions
    • Opportunities to advertise meetings, events and other items in GradEdge (fee-based)




    Information and Best Practices

    • Access to the CGS Dean's Discussion List, the only online platform for information exchange dedicated solely to graduate education
    • A subscription to the GradEdge newsletter and online access to the members-only archives
    • One complimentary copy of each CGS publication at the time that membership is approved
    • Exclusive electronic access to all CGS publications via the CGS website




    Professional Development and Networking Opportunities

    • Opportunities to solicit advice and information from experts in graduate education and CGS leadership
    • Eligibility to be invited to serve on best practice committees
    • Opportunities to participate in webinars led by graduate deans and experts on pressing topics in graduate education
    • Invitations to special receptions and events
    • Ability to advertise job postings on the CGS Career Portal



    Benchmarking and Consultation Services

    • Benchmarking services and data available through members-only sections of the CGS website
    • Strategic consultation services drawn upon CGS best practice expertise and benchmarking data as well as insights from experienced graduate deans (fee-based)





    Public Policy

    • Access to projects and studies of key interest and benefit to graduate education, including regular updates on U.S. federal policy affecting graduate studies and research






    Reduced Rates

    • Reduced member rates on CGS meetings, workshops, printed publications, benchmarking and consultation services, and advertisements in GradEdge.
    • 50% off job announcements in the CGS Career Portal


    How to Apply

    To apply for international membership, please contact Janice Goggins.


    Membership Dues Information

    The 2020 and 2021 International membership dues levels are as follows:


    International Member Dues Category* 2020 and 2021 Dues
    Low-income and Lower-middle-income economies $2,000 (USD)
    Upper-middle-income economies $3,000 (USD)
    High-income economies $4,000 (USD)

    *As defined by the World Bank Classification.


    CGS is the leading source of information, data analysis, and trends in graduate education. Our benchmarking data help member institutions to assess performance in key areas, make informed decisions, and develop plans that are suited to their goals.
    CGS Best Practice initiatives address common challenges in graduate education by supporting institutional innovations and sharing effective practices with the graduate community. Our programs have provided millions of dollars of support for improvement and innovation projects at member institutions.
    As the national voice for graduate education, CGS serves as a resource on issues regarding graduate education, research, and scholarship. CGS collaborates with other national stakeholders to advance the graduate education community in the policy and advocacy arenas.  
    CGS is an authority on global trends in graduate education and a leader in the international graduate community. Our resources and meetings on global issues help members internationalize their campuses, develop sustainable collaborations, and prepare their students for a global future.