The vision of Graduate Student Affairs is to provide opportunities for engagement and discovery to allow for personal and professional growth outside of the classroom. 

The mission of Graduate Student Affairs is to enhance the quality of graduate student life by working with the individual student, graduate student groups, and campus partners in creating an inclusive, student-centered community with opportunities that support and encourage personal and professional development. GSA is inclusive in providing student support services to all graduate students.

Graduate Student Affairs offers a wide range of programs on professional development, academic support, personal enhancement and socials. GSA works with student groups in planning, fundraising and implementing programs. The office also provides new, incoming graduate students with information sessions during the Graduate Pathway to Success (GPS) program, welcoming and preparing students for academic success. In addition to assisting with graduate Commencement ceremonies, GSA oversees medical leave of absence requests, graduate student conduct and advises the Graduate Student Council and Graduate Student Organizations.

Graduate Student Affairs serves as the central resource for all graduate students. The office is staffed by Gina Frank, dean of graduate student affairs, and Stefano Fasulo, associate director of graduate student affairs. Students are always welcome to visit the office on the North Haven Campus in MNH-276, or to contact the office at 203-582-GRAD (4723) or

The handbook was edited in August 2021 by the dean of graduate student affairs, with the Office of Integrated Marketing Communications. If you have questions about the content, please contact the dean of graduate student affairs at 203-582-4723.

This handbook is provided to students and applicants for their general guidance only. It does not constitute a contract, either express or implied, and is subject to change at the university’s discretion.