Become a Member

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, including:
    • Distinguished Master’s Thesis Awards
      • STEM: Biological Sciences, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Engineering
      • Non-STEM: Humanities, Social Sciences, Education, and Business
    • Innovation in Technology Award to recognize masters and doctoral student innovations
  • Leadership: Each year WAGS holds an election to seat our Board; members are encouraged to run and participate in the leadership of WAGS
  • Regional Relevance: Smaller, more intimate meetings that allow for strong collegial friendships and opportunities to share resources and problem-solve around regionally relevant issues

How much does it cost to join WAGS?

Membership in WAGS costs $350 per year per institution. This provides membership benefits to as many staff as you’d like to include. Membership fees run January-December (calendar year) and can be made online using a credit card. If you need to update your list of members from your institution, please email updated information to

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