Current Graduate Students

Travel Grants for Graduate & Professional Students

OGPS awards a limited number of travel grants of up to $500 each for students to present a paper or poster at a conference. All Tulane graduate students pursuing a PhD, MA, MS, or MFA are eligible to apply. Application guidelines and the application form are available here.


OGPS sponsors workshops that support the professional development of Tulane's graduate students. You can find a complete list of offered workshops and seminars here, as well as upcoming dates.


To review the policies affecting graduate study at Tulane, see the OGPS policies page or the University Catalog.  For information on policies related to your specific program of study, consult with your advisor or the Director of Graduate Studies for your degree program.

School specific policies, such as grades, grievances, and residency requirements can be found within schools' respective graduate catalogs. The School of Liberal Arts's catalog is here, and the School of Science and Engineering's catalog is here.

Graduate Student Organizations

The Graduate Studies Student Association (GSSA) represents PhD and research based masters students (MA, MFA, MS) in the School of Liberal Arts and the School of Science and Engineering.

The Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA) represents graduate students in all schools at Tulane University. 

Dissertations and Theses

Graduate students must submit their theses and dissertations to Tulane's Electronic Theses and Dissertations Archive, our locally hosted repository here. Students may elect to embargo their paper for 6 or 12 months. Some schools may also require students to submit their paper to ProQuest. 

Mentoring Relationships

Faculty mentors play an important role in graduate students' experiences and success. OGPS provides several tips for finding a mentor.

Teaching Resources

The Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching (CELT) supports faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students as they prepare or continue to teach through a variety of workshops and resources. Their website details all of the work CELT does, while this document gives the specifics on opportunities for graduate students. 

CELT has an extensive library of books on diverse topics all relevant to teaching - pedagogy, classroom management, assessment techniques, the science of learning, etc. Click here to see a full list of books and their descriptions. To borrow one or suggest an additional acquisition, email Ariel McFarland.

Campus Resources

Tulane has many resources to assist you in your research and teaching, and to foster your engagement with the university community. 

External Funding

OGPS has compiled a list of external funding sources for graduate study, research, and postdoctoral experiences.

External Awards

Each year the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) sponsors two Master's thesis awards and an ETD Master's Thesis Award. You can find information about the Master's thesis awards here.  

Graduating Students

At the end of spring semester, Tulane holds a Master's/PhD Graduate Hooding and Recognition Ceremony for graduating students in Liberal Arts, Science and Engineering, Biomedical Sciences, and Professional Advancement. This year's ceremony will take place at 3:00 PM on Thursday, May 18 in McAlister auditorium. Graduating students should keep an eye on their Tulane email for more details and plan to arrive by 2:15 PM in order to line up for the event. 

History of Graduate Programs at Tulane

Graduate work was first offered at Tulane in 1883-84. Four students received Master of Arts degrees in 1885, and the first Doctor of Philosophy was conferred in 1887. In the ensuing years, graduate program offerings continued to develop under several different names and forms of administration. In 1925, the Faculty of Graduate Studies became the Graduate School.  With the renewal of the university in 2006, all graduate program administration returned to the respective schools and the Graduate School was closed. Today, graduate studies are administered by the deans of the schools. At the departmental level, the graduate chair is responsible for the administration of graduate affairs.  The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (OGPS) opened in 2012.