Frequently Asked Questions

Is WAGS a 501c3 non-profit?

Yes, we are a non-profit organization and you can review our Constitution here. We have an elected board, and you can find current WAGS Board members here.

Who can join WAGS?

WAGS is a regional association affiliated with the Council of Graduate Schools. There are two different types of members:

  1. Full Members: Accredited institutions of higher education in the Western United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Pacific Rim that offer Master’s and/or Doctoral degrees.
  2. Affiliate Members: Organizations and entities (excluding those in category 1 above) that are state or corporate sponsors of our annual WAGS meeting.

Why should my institution become a member of WAGS?

Membership has many benefits, including but not limited to:

  • Annual Conference: Discounted registration rates for all employees from member institutions at our annual WAGS Conference
  • Competition: The winner of your 3MT competition can compete at our WAGS Regional 3MT for prizes and recognition; the winner and audience choice awardee or runner-up will be invited to compete at the CGS National 3MT competition
  • Awards: Ability to nominate your students for WAGS awards
  • Leadership: Each year WAGS holds an election to seat our Board; members are encouraged to run and participate in the leadership of WAGS

How much does it cost to join WAGS?

Membership in WAGS costs $300 per year per institution. This provides membership benefits to as many staff as you’d like to include.

How does my institution become a member?

For more details and to become a WAGS member, please visit our Membership webpage.