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Michael Cunningham

Dear New Graduate and Professional students,

Thank you for accepting Tulane University’s offer to work towards your advanced degree. In a time where you have many choices, we are glad that you chose to study at Tulane. The 2020-2021 academic year is one like no other. As the world faces the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, life as a graduate or professional student brings new challenges and new opportunities. We are challenged by the fact that we must begin our meeting with physical distancing and heightened health/safety protocols. We are simultaneously presented with new opportunities to learn, grown, and develop. Graduate education is the core of Tulane’s legacy, as it is the foundation on which the university was founded.

Tulane University was founded in 1834 in a response to health challenges in the southern region of the United States. Today, Tulane is still on the forefront in addressing critical health concerns. We have also expanded to be a top place to not only study health-related fields, but we are leaders in arts, social sciences, basic and applied sciences, professional arenas, and many more areas. Our graduate programs are highly ranked and well sought after. Tulanians from our graduate and professional programs are leaders in their respective fields. You have joined a group of pacesetters and I look forward to learning about how your innovations during graduate studies and beyond will add to the rich legacies of Tulanians.

Welcome to Tulane University and, for many, to New Orleans. There is no other place where you can get an internationally respective graduate degree in a world class city. You have come to work with world class faculty, dedicated staff members, extraordinary administrators, and exceptionally hardworking students.

Good luck as you begin a new journey!

 Michael Cunningham
Associate Provost for Graduate Studies and Research



Jennifer Le

“Tulane has the unique position of being in New Orleans (which has a culture of its own) where so many cultures mesh together. I like that Tulane values diversity and gathers people from all over the country to become its own sort of melting pot within the academic community. This creates the opportunity to learn from people with different backgrounds, ideas, and opinions. The administration of the medical school fully supports students in their endeavors, encouraging student leadership, autonomy, and learning to balance academics with self-care. My advice for new students is be open to new experiences, take the time to explore the city, and don’t take anything too seriously. Graduate school is a time to learn and work hard, but don’t forget to enjoy the process!”

—Jennifer Le
School of Medicine, ‘21


Jordan Rice

"I love the commitment to diversity in both the School of Law and School of Public Health and the hands-on training that is required in both schools. I also love the sense of comradery that exists among the students, we work together to make sure that no one gets left behind, because if one of us succeeds we all succeed.  As a new student, I often worried that I was falling behind my peers because they looked like they knew what to do, but the reality was that we were all in the same boat.  No one knew what they were doing.  Remember this is not a sprint but a marathon and everyone is going to need help along the way, offer it when you can, and accept it when you needed.  And be sure to use the upper-level graduate students as a resource.  We have all been through the same thing and there is no need to re-invent the wheel."

—Jordan Rice
J.D. & MHA Candidate, '21



The Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA) is the unifying body of the graduate and professional divisions of Tulane University. GAPSA develops and furthers the scholastic, professional, social, and public service interests of all graduate and professional students by promoting an understanding amongst students, faculty, staff, and administrators. GAPSA also facilitates inter-division communication and coordinates activities with the undergraduate student government.

GAPSA represents all graduate and professional students, and supports nine government associations: 

Graduate Studies Student Association (GSSA)
Graduate Business Council (GBC)
Student Bar Association (SBA) 
Medical Student Government (MSG)
School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine Student Government Association (SPHTM SGA) Tulane School of Social Work Student Government Association (TSSW SGA)
School of Professional Advancement (SoPA)
Biomedical Sciences Student Association (BMSSA)
Tulane School of Architecture Graduate Government (TSAGG)

GAPSA represents all graduate and professional students. Visit gapsa.tulane.edu for more information.