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Graduate Student Elections to
Board of Governors, Senate and University Planning Committee

Student elections to the Board of Governors, Senate and the University Planning Committee are conducted from January to March of each year and in the early Fall if necessary. Information will be posted during the election periods, so please check the website regularly for updates.

Please contact the Univeristy Secretariat if you have any questions.







Vacant (one-year term)


    • Ms Anita Acai - Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour; Ph.D. 1 (two-year term, effective July 1, 2017)

Social Sciences



The remaining vacancies will be filled during the Fall election period. Please check this website again in mid-September for further information.


Eligible Voters


All full- and part-time graduate students registered in each of the Faculties of Business, Engineering, Health Sciences, Humanities, Science, and Social Sciences are eligible to vote in their Faculty election, insofar as there is a vacancy in their Faculty. Students registered in degree programs in the McMaster Divinity College shall be eligible to vote as graduate students in the Faculty of Humanities.

Graduate students registered in joint or collaborative programs under the auspices of more than one Faculty may vote in only one of those Faculties. Students registered in interdisciplinary programs not under the auspices of any Faculty may vote in the Faculty of their choice, but shall have a vote in only one Faculty.

Board of Governors and University Planning Committee

Graduate students registered as candidates for advanced degree programs authorised by the Senate of the University or from a college affiliated with the University, including Divinity College students and Post Degree students, are eligible to vote in the elections for graduate student representatives to the Board of Governors and to the University Planning Committee.

Rules, Regulations and Terms of Reference