Graduate Student Association

The goal of the Graduate Student Association (GSA) is to unite all of Suffolk’s graduate students. Regardless of which degree you are pursuing, we urge you to get involved whether through your participation in events, seeking professional development, or just simply offering your suggestions and ideas.

Get Involved

  • Share your ideas: Help make Suffolk the best place possible for grads.
  • Come to an event: Network and socialize with peers. The GSA offers a variety of events from social networking to guest speakers.

The GSA is your advocacy center. One of the primary roles of GSA is to be the voice of the graduate student body. If you need help learning more about the school, how to handle a dispute, connecting with people or resources on campus, or if you're interested in joining GSA, contact us by email.

Graduate Student Organizations 

  • Association of Professional Latinos for America (ALPFA), Suffolk University Chapter
  • Graduate Student Association (GSA)
    Email GSA 
  • Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School Chapter at Suffolk University

  • Interior Design Collective (IDC)
  • The National Society of Leadership and Success, Sigma Alpha Pi
  • Suffolk University Graduate Business Association (SUGBA)
    Email SUGBA

Get connected with GSA


Graduate Student Association Constitution [PDF]

Club FAQs

How do I get a budget?

The GSA will meet before the start of the academic year to allocate budgets.

Each GSA Treasurer may haves a different format regarding how to request a budget or funds for their club. A slide show is typically the most common format we recommend when requesting a budget or extra funds. The slide show should include details regarding how the club plans on spending the funds; events, materials, swag, etc.

How do I access my budget?

Budgets can be accessed by contacting your SLI advisor or the GSA Treasurer. However, we do strongly encourage Treasurers to keep records of their spending.

How do contracts work?

In order to pay a vendor, the University requires a W9, an invoice, and a contract. We do not accept outside vendor contracts and students cannot sign any legal documentation. The previously mentioned forms must be sent in advance to your SLI program and a contract must be created for the vendor. Once an agreement is processed, the vendor is asked to review and send back the signed copy. The University then takes two weeks to process the final contract. Make sure you factor the processing time into your plans.

How do I pay a vendor?

Vendors are paid via check with a University contract. All reviews will be processed after an event or service has been provided.

Can we hold off-campus events?

Yes, but students must work with an SLI advisor to ensure the event is following school policy regarding safety.

Can we have alcohol at an event?

Yes, alcohol is allowed at graduate events.

  • All participants must be Suffolk Graduate students, have a valid form of Suffolk ID and sign in at the event.
  • All events with alcohol must have a sign-in sheet to keep track of the participants.
  • No undergrads regardless of age can be at a graduate event with alcohol.

Please note: when organizing an on-campus events with alcohol, Chartwells must cater the event unless the group has been given express permission to do otherwise.

How do we organize an on-campus event?

Events on campus must be coordinated with an SLI advisor. If a group is bringing an outside speaker or vendor, a contract is required. The SLI office can also help with requesting space, facilities set up, and media/technology access.

Can we create social media accounts?

We encourage it! We ask that social media handles and log-in information is disclosed on the group’s registration form in case the group goes dormant for a semester.