About GPSC

The Graduate and Professional Student Council of Duke University (GPSC – pronounced “G.P.S.C.”) is the umbrella student government organization for Duke’s nine graduate and professional schools. Our purpose is to:

  • represent and advocate on behalf of graduate and professional students at Duke University;
  • serve as a liaison among the student governments of the graduate and professional schools of the University;
  • serve as a liaison between graduate and professional students and the University Administration;
  • nominate graduate and professional student representatives to University committees;
  • program events of interest to the graduate and professional student community; 
  • and financially support the programming of graduate and professional student groups.

Mission of GPSC


Duke GPSC advocates on behalf of all graduate and professional students and works to support all individuals and groups by releasing written statements of support GPSC has offered in response to events and legislation related to the well-being of our student population.

In recognition of outstanding support of Duke University’s Graduate and Professional student community, GPSC gives two yearly awards. Read more about the awards here

Community Outreach

The GPSC Community Outreach Committee has several goals:

  • To provide regularly occurring community service/outreach programming to graduate and professional students.
  • To provide support to existing graduate and professional service groups.
  • To facilitate communication and collaboration between campus service groups.
  • To advocate for the inclusion of graduate and professional students in university service initiatives.
  • To improve the relationship between Duke University and Durham through our programming.

To stay up-to-date with current GPSC community outreach programming, please join the GPSC Community Outreach Facebook group. 

To learn more about GPSC community outreach or to join the community outreach email listserv, please contact the Director of Community Outreach.

Structure of GSPC

GPSC is a student government body that includes a general assembly representing every graduate and professional department, and various sub-committees.

General Assembly

The General Assembly is the main legislative body of GPSC and meets regularly to discuss GPSC business and advocate on behalf of graduate and professional students.  The General Assembly includes representatives from every graduate and professional department at Duke. These representatives are seated each year in August.

Executive Committee

The GPSC Executive Committee consists of 13 elected officers that oversee the operations of the Council.


GPSC representatives serve as a voice and advocate of the graduate and professional student committee through work on committees.