Graduate Education Council (GEC)

Role & Mandate

According to its Constitution, the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) is responsible for all graduate studies in the University of Toronto. SGS is responsible to develop and implement appropriate regulations and operating procedures for admissions, programs of study, and completion of degree requirements. SGS is also responsible for the Degree and General Regulations found within the SGS Calendar. To fulfil this mandate, SGS is governed by the Graduate Education Council (GEC).

GEC is an academic advisory and approval body responsible for academic policy and regulations for SGS and for graduate studies at the University of Toronto. It considers, recommends and, where appropriate, approves new and/or revised SGS academic policies and regulations; policies regarding graduate awards, subject to final approvals as required; reports of its standing committees; and other related matters as they arise.


GEC membership includes several ex-officio voting members, including representation from the University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU), and the following 35 elected members: five graduate faculty members from each of the four divisions, three graduate students from each of the four divisions, and three graduate administrators (one from SGS and two from graduate units). Current membership is here.


Elections are conducted annually each spring, with by-elections held as required. In addition to serving on GEC, members have opportunity to contribute to ad hoc committees or other work of SGS.

Meeting Schedule: 2021-2022

GEC Meeting Date/VenueFlows into Governing Council Cycle
October 19, 2021, 3-5 pm
Location to be confirmed
February 15, 2022, 3-5pm
Location to be confirmed

Reserve Dates

GEC Meeting DateFlows into Governing Council Cycle
April 19, 20224

Important Links

Meeting Agendas and Documentation Packages and Minutes

Representation on GEC

SGS By-law #1: Rules of the Graduate Education Council

Mandate of Governance – Governing Council


Standing committees of the Graduate Education Council:

The following are not formal standing committees of GEC but have relevance to its work and draw their members from the GEC membership:

Introduction to GEC


Dianne Heximer
Secretary to the Graduate Education Council
School of Graduate Studies
65 St. George Street