Canadian Graduate and Professional Student Survey (CGPSS)

Complete the CGPSS by April 29, 2022

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What is the CGPSS?

The Canadian Graduate & Professional Student Survey (CGPSS) is an opportunity to tell us about what you need to succeed and to help shape the future of your graduate program.

The CGPSS is open from January 31 - April 29, 2022.

In past surveys we heard you say . . .      So we . . .     
Graduate supervision and course work are essential to a good grad school experience Established a supervisory development program for faculty members and Taylor Institute workshops for teaching graduate courses
Students wanted additional advice to help them succeed in their graduate program Hired a Graduate Student Advisor
Doctoral students wanted greater clarity on what's required to pass candidacy exams Established clear guidelines for new candidacy requirements, focusing on making expectations clear
Students wanted more training to help them plan their transition to a career Expanded My GradSkills programming relating to career transitions and entrepreneurship


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Tell us what matters to you and win a prize!

The CGPSS is run every three years at universities across Canada and gathers important feedback from graduate students.
The results are used at the faculty and program level to improve and shape the future of the graduate student experience.

Graduate students who complete the survey will be entered in a draw to win one of six $150 bookstore gift certificates. Winners who are also UCalgary employees will receive a gift item worth $150.

When does the survey run?

The survey closes at 11:59 pm (MT) on April 29, 2022.

How do I access the survey?

Graduate students with a valid UCalgary email address received an email invitation on January 31, 2022 from the Office of the Vice Provost via a survey firm, CRIEVAT, with a link to the survey. If you cannot find your invitation, please contact Jacqueline Lambert at

Who can take the survey?

All current students who were registered in a graduate program at the University of Calgary prior to January 2022.

Frequently asked questions

Students will be asked questions about their satisfaction in a number of areas including: 

  • graduate program
  • quality of interactions and coursework
  • professional skills development
  • research experience
  • academic advising, supervision
  • financial support
  • university services and student/social life
  • COVID-related impacts
  • Equity, diversity and inclusion and Indigenization at the University of Calgary

CRIEVAT will remove all identifying information from the data before it is returned to the university. Where the numbers of responses in a program or to any question are below 5, program or question-specific info will not be reported to protect anonymity.

Your participation is entirely voluntary and you may withdraw from the survey at any time. You are also able to skip any question, or questions, that you would prefer not to answer.

There is no penalty if you choose not to participate.

The survey should take approximately 25 minutes to complete. You can complete the survey in one sitting, or save your answers and complete it at a different time.

First year graduate student impressions and feedback are still very valuable. Your input can bring some important changes for newly admitted students.

If you are in your final year, you have the most experience and can offer great insights to help improve your program.

Your feedback wherever possible is still very valuable. You can skip any questions that seem irrelevant at any time.

The study is run by a third party survey firm, CRIEVAT, that will collect, aggregate and analyze the data submitted by graduate students. The university receives reports with the aggregate survey results and evaluate these to identify areas that are successful and areas for improvement. 

The university also uses the survey results to build secure-access data to support FGS and university-wide strategic planning.

The university will  share findings with the university community in Fall 2022.

If you are a graduate student in your first term (starting January 2022), you are not eligible to complete the survey.

Otherwise, please check all your folders in your inbox and if you still cannot find the email invitation, please contact Jacqueline Lambert at

Please contact Jacqueline Lambert at