The Graduate Students' Association (GSA) of the University of Calgary was established in 1967 to represent graduate students at the University of Calgary. Currently, the GSA serves over 8,000 Master's and PhD students. 
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Strategic Planning Document 2023 - 2026


A community of highly engaged and thriving UCalgary graduate students.


To ensure needed services, communities, advocacy, and growth opportunities are available and accessible for all UCalgary graduate students.


  • Broaden and Deepen Student Engagement - Ensure diverse student voice, participation, and leadership are embedded in GSA services and advocacy.
  • Address Critical Barriers to Thriving - Alleviate financial barriers, mental health barriers, and other emergent barriers through service delivery, collaboration, and advocacy.
  • Grow Organizational Capacities - Strengthen organizational infrastructure, competencies, and culture to sustainably benefit UCalgary’s growing and diverse graduate student community.

What We Do

  • Deliver Valued Services - Address graduate student needs that are not met elsewhere
  • Advocate Student Priorities - Champion understanding of graduate student experiences and influence positive change
  • Connect and Build Community - Support student-led initiatives that foster connections within and across academic disciplines and personal identities.
  • Offer Growth Opportunities - Provide networking, skill building, volunteer and leadership opportunities that enhance graduate student growth

Guiding Values

  • Diversity, Equity, Belonging and Accessibility
  • Student Voice
  • Balanced Well-Being
  • Transparency and Accountability
  • Collaboration