About The GSA

The Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) is established by the province’s Post-Secondary Learning Act (PSLA) as a corporation to represent graduate students at the University of Alberta. (See section 93 of the Act). As a stand-alone corporation, the GSA is governed by a Council established by the PSLA, led by elected officials, and run by a professional staff, with management reporting regularly through the President.

The GSA is a not-for-profit body with the responsibility under the PSLA to represent graduate students to the University, including the Board of Governors. As a separate corporate entity from the U of A, the GSA has its own lawyers, auditor, chartered accountant, and professional staff. The GSA administers some $.5M in grants and bursaries, has numerous services including a health and dental plan and group insurance, and is a founding member of the Campus Food Bank.

One of the GSA’s key responsibilities is to act with “exclusive authority” in representing graduate students in negotiating a Collective Agreement. (See PSLA, section 96(1)).

As the official representative body for all Masters and Doctoral students at the University of Alberta, the GSA also represents over 7600 graduate students on some 170 committees, councils and boards that regulate or shape a graduate student’s academic and non-academic life at the University of Alberta. To list a few, the GSA is represented on the Board of Governors, General Faculties Council and all its committees, the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, the Senate, the Alumni Council, and all GSA committees.

The equivalent organization for undergraduate students is the Students’ Union, which is also set out in the PSLA as a corporation separate from the University of Alberta.

The following links provide additional information about the GSA:


Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

Many people confuse the GSA with the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.

The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) is your Faculty as a graduate student here at the University of Alberta. It is the FGSR that registers you as a graduate student and it is the FGSR which oversees your program in accord with regulations of the General Faculties Council (GFC), the University’s academic governing body (where the GSA is represented).

Follow the link below for more information:

Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR)