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Graduate Studies would like to provide you with the proper tools and resources as an acting graduate advisor.

Graduate Advisor Resources

Here is the current list of programs and advisors and directors. https://grad.sdsu.edu/current_grad_students/advisor_list

Graduate Studies is pleased to work with you to serve the graduate student body! Our mission is to provide professional, accurate, and timely services to graduate students, faculty, and the university community. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or would like to schedule a training session.


Request for WebPortal Access. Complete, sign and email the “Staff Request for e-Services WebPortal Access” form to the Registrar’s Office ([email protected]). Once the new account/role has been created, you will be notified with your user name and temporary password. https://registrar.sdsu.edu/faculty_staff/resources_faculty_staff/sdsu_webportal_info_faculty_staff

It is very important to activate your account as soon as possible. You can follow the 3-step process on page 2 of the handbook. This account is where you will approve graduate student petitions or how to submit petitions on behalf of a student.

Grad Advisor E-forms User guide

This is the degree evaluation tool. The evaluation will help you track student requirements toward graduation.

Grad Advisor Degree Evaluation User guide

During the admission cycle, students will submit supplemental documents to this site. The admissions committee in your department will be able to review material required for admission by your program.

Interfolio Guide

This handbook provides a broad overview of Graduate Studies processes and procedures as related to graduate advisors.

Graduate Advisor Handbook

Here is the information shared with current graduate students about their Degree Completion Plan: https://grad.sdsu.edu/current_grad_students/degree_completion

For all admission questions please contact the Graduate Admission office at https://admissions.sdsu.edu/

Here is the information shared with potential graduate students about program applications: https://grad.sdsu.edu/prospective_students/program_applications

Here is information about the Council of Graduate Schools and the April 15 Resolution: https://cgsnet.org/april-15-resolution

College of Graduate Studies Funding Opportunities

The University Graduate Fellowship (UGF) is a competitive two-year program: year one the student is supported as a Research Fellow with a stipend of $25,000 plus benefits, year two the student is supported by required matching support from an external funding source by the sponsoring faculty member.

Nominations will open in early spring 2022. For more information please visit https://grad.sdsu.edu/grad_advisors/ugf

The Presidential Graduate Research Fellowship (PGRF) is a competitive program to recruit non-resident graduate students. It provides students a Non-Resident Tuition Waiver (NRTW) to cover the $396 per unit non-resident tuition fee.

Nominations will open in early spring 2022. For more information please visit https://grad.sdsu.edu/grad_advisors/pgrf

The Master’s Research Scholarship (MRS) is a competitive one-year program to acknowledge and award excellent master’s students. It provides students a one-year $10,000 scholarship.

Nominations will open in early spring 2022. For more information please visit https://grad.sdsu.edu/grad_advisors/masters-research-scholarship 

The Master's Research Scholarship, University Graduate Fellowship, and Presidential Graduate Research Fellowship will be open for nominations in Spring 2022. For a timeline of nomination due dates and award announcements, see here

Here is information for student-initiated funding opportunities. https://grad.sdsu.edu/funding/funding_opportunities

Partner campus doctoral faculty can cover SDSU basic tuition, non-resident tuition, and/or mandatory fees. The form is initiated by the partner campus faculty and routed through the SDSU co-director, the SDSU College of Graduate Studies, the SDSU Student Account Services (SAS). SAS will invoice the partner campus accordingly.

SDSU faculty can sponsor a graduate student’s SDSU basic tuition, non-resident tuition, and/or mandatory fees using SDSU Research Foundation (SDSURF) funds.

Fee Authorization Form

SDSU faculty can sponsor a graduate student’s health insurance with SDSURF funds. Please visit https://grad.sdsu.edu/current_grad_students/gship-auth-request

Campus Employment

CGS provides Teaching Associates, Graduate Assistants, and Instructional Student Assistants with an overview of their rights and responsibilities.

TA/GA/ISA Employee Handbook

Graduate student employment is coordinated between resources managers in the academic college and the departments/schools using these criteria. Please visit https://grad.sdsu.edu/grad_advisors/tagaisa-contract-checklist-2021.pdf
All CSU Academic Student Employees (TA/GA/ISA) are covered by the UAW Bargaining Agreement Unit 11. Please visit https://www.calstate.edu/csu-system/faculty-staff/labor-and-employee-relations/Pages/default.aspx
For all questions about the hiring process, background checks, benefits, and payroll, please visit https://bfa.sdsu.edu/hr