As the central graduate academic administrative unit at the University of New Mexico, the Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) promotes the success of graduate students and graduate programs by providing broad oversight of program quality, managing academic policies, and administering financial support in the form of assistantships, fellowships, scholarships, grants and awards. OGS collaborates with UNM administrators, faculty, graduate students, and staff to promote the completion of degrees, to encourage best practices in graduate education, to diversify access to graduate education, and to reward graduate students and graduate faculty who set examples of excellence. OGS also provides administrative and financial support for the Graduate Resource Center (GRC), the Project for the New Mexico Graduates of Color (PNMGC), and the Teaching Assistant Resource Center (TARC).
OGS provides guidance for progress toward your degree, submission of theses and dissertations, and graduation requirements. OGS processes and manages graduate assistantship contracts, reviews programs of studies and applications for candidacy, and maintains graduate students’ academic records. OGS does not process graduate applications but it works collaboratively with Enrollment Management (which includes Admissions, Financial Aid, and the Registrar) and with departments during the admission process. OGS also collaborates with Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) to manage health care insurance for graduate students.
OGS holds monthly meetings with graduate advisers from all graduate programs and departments to share information and ideas, streamline processes and procedures, and keep the UNM graduate community informed about deadlines for scholarships and fellowships. We also coordinate with our graduate student organizations—the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA), Project for New Mexico Graduates of Color (PNMGC) and others—to ensure that graduate students have a voice in the services we provide to programs and students.
OGS faculty and staff want your graduate student experience at UNM to be rewarding, enjoyable, and productive. If you have concerns or questions, you may bring them directly to the Office of Graduate Studies or work with your advisor, your department, and/or your student organizations to bring them to our attention. While your department’s graduate advisor is your frontline resource, OGS staff members are eager to assist you. A complete and updated list of OGS personnel is available on-line at our People page. For specific teams, please choose one of the following links: