Graduate Student Organizations

A diverse and inclusive academic community MSU annually enrolls over 10,000 graduate and professional students from all 50 states and more than 130 countries, engages nearly 5,000 faculty and academic staff.

Below is a short list of student organizations and affinity programs that help create an inclusive environment at MSU.  For a complete list of Student Organizations visit, 

Student led organizations who work closely with the Graduate School

The Council of Graduate Students (COGS) is an authorized student government on campus representing our graduate/professional students at various levels across Michigan State University. The mission of COGS is to improve and advance graduate education in order to ensure the vitality of intellectual discovery.  For more information visit,

The purpose of the Asian Pacific American Graduate Alliance (APAGA) is to provide representation and advocacy to the APIDA (Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi American) graduate student population at Michigan State University. For more information, send an email to or

The aim of the Black Graduate Student Association is to support a community of conscious African-American professionals. For more information, send an email to

Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) is a national organization with chapters around the country that welcome people of all backgrounds in agriculture and natural resource-related careers. For more information, send an email to

The National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, NOBCChE (pronounced No-be-shay) was established for the primary purpose of building an eminent community of scientists and engineers by significantly increasing the number of African-Americans in the fields of chemistry, chemical engineering, and related technological fields. The vision is to be the society of choice for minority scientists, helping them optimize their potential as scientists. For information about the MSU chapter, send an email to

QT-Grad is a newly revived organization which strives to connect queer and trans graduate students from all areas of campus to facilitate community building, mentorship, and professional development. For more information, send an email to

Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, SACNAS is a society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists– from college students to professionals to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in science.  For more information, send an email to