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Graduate Council (GC)


Graduate Council (GC) advises the Merced Division and Administration on all matters related to graduate education. GC establishes policies for graduate education at Merced, and authorizes, supervises and regulates all graduate courses and graduate programs of instruction. This includes making recommendations to the Merced Division and the Systemwide Coordinating Committee on Graduate Affairs (CCGA) on the establishment of new graduate programs leading to graduate degrees, and any substantial change to existing graduate programs. GC maintains liaison with the CCGA.
For a complete description of GC’s duties please see the committee’s bylaws

AY 23-24 Meeting Schedule, Agendas, and Minutes

2023-2024 Membership

Current Members:


Ex-Officio (non-voting):

  • Matt Hibbing, Senate Chair, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts (Spring 2024)

  • Kevin Mitchell, Senate Vice-Chair, School of Natural Sciences (Spring 2024)

  • Hrant Hratchian, Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Education

  • TBD, Postdoctoral Scholar

  • TBD, Graduate Student Representative

*Professor Patricia LiWang, School of Natural Sciences, served as the Senate Chair and Ex-Officio in Fall 2023.

*Professor Matt Hibbing, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts, served as the Senate Vice-Chair and Ex-Officio in Fall 2023.


​​​​​Committee Consultant (non-voting):

  • Erin Webb, Registrar

  • Derek Devnich, Director of UC Merced Center for Data Services, Library

Academic Programs and Courses:

Corresponding System Commitee:

Annual Reports


Melanie Snyder

Senate Senior Analyst


Fatima Paul

Executive Director

Phone: 209-756-6965