Director of Graduate Studies (DGS)

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The Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) holds a crucial position in fostering a vibrant academic community and supporting the success of graduate students. Through their roles and responsibilities, the DGS provides academic guidance, program administration, recruitment and admissions oversight, student support, and policy development. Their dedicated efforts contribute to maintaining the high standards of scholarship and research for which Yale is renowned, while also ensuring the well-being and success of its graduate students.

Roles and Responsibilities

One of the primary responsibilities of the DGS is to provide academic guidance and mentorship to graduate students. The DGS serves as a valuable resource for students, assisting them in navigating academic programs, course selection, and degree requirements. They work closely with students to create individualized academic plans, ensuring that they receive a comprehensive and well-rounded education. The DGS also advises students on research opportunities, funding options, and career development, playing a pivotal role in shaping their academic and professional trajectory.


The DGS is responsible for overseeing the administrative aspects of graduate programs within the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. They work closely with program faculty to develop and implement policies and procedures that align with the overall mission and goals of the Graduate School. The DGS ensures that program requirements are clearly defined and communicated to students, and that all necessary resources and support systems are in place for their success. They collaborate with program faculty to evaluate and assess the effectiveness of the curriculum, making necessary adjustments to meet the evolving needs of the students and the field.


The DGS is actively involved in the recruitment and admissions process at the Graduate School. They play a vital role in identifying and attracting highly qualified and diverse applicants to their programs. The DGS collaborates with the admissions committee, reviewing applications, conducting interviews, and making informed decisions on admissions offers in collaboration with the Graduate School academic deans. They aim to create a diverse and inclusive cohort of students, fostering an intellectually stimulating and culturally rich environment within the Graduate School.


Another crucial responsibility of the DGS is to provide ongoing support and advocacy for graduate students. They serve as a point of contact for students facing academic or personal challenges and help connect them with appropriate resources and support services. The DGS also advocates for students' needs and concerns within the broader university community, ensuring that their voices are heard, and that their academic and personal well-being is prioritized.


The DGS actively participates in the development and implementation of policies and procedures related to graduate education. They collaborate with faculty and administrators to establish guidelines for academic integrity, progress assessment, and degree completion. The DGS also keeps abreast of national trends and best practices in graduate education, incorporating them into policies and procedures to ensure that the Graduate School's programs remain competitive and relevant.

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DGS SharePoint Site

DGS SharePoint is a cloud-based collaborative service that helps users share and manage content and applications. You will find all DGS meeting slides and relevant notes in this folder. Permission given to DGSs only.

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Forms and Petitions

List of University Registrar's Office (URO) forms and petitions

Contact us

If you have questions about faculty and DGS related matters, please contact: