Services for Graduate Students

Our peer consultants will help you:

  • become a better writer
  • communicate your ideas clearly
  • think critically
  • experience an audience as you write
  • format and document your sources using specific documentation styles
  • see writing as crucial throughout your time at UST and your career.

We will support you through individualized face-to-face conferences on the St. Paul campus and through online consulting. As a graduate student, you can request a consultation with one of our two graduate consultants (who are earning their M.A.s in English) or with any of our other highly qualified undergraduate consultants.

Please know that the Center for Writing in its current configuration is prepared to assist graduate writers in the College of Arts and Sciences.

A graduate student in one of the CELC (College of Educaton, Leadership & Counseling) programs: 

Your first stop should be the CELC Graduate Writing Center on the Minneapolis Campus at (651) 962-4460 or They provide face-to-face and online consultations.

A graduate student in Social Work: You may access either the writing center at St. Kate's (through the O'Neill Center) or the Center for Writing on the St. Paul campus. Both writing centers focus on supporting undergraduate writers and welcome graduate students.

A graduate student in the Opus College of Business, the School of Engineering, or the program in Software Engineering: Please know the Center for Writing focuses on supporting undergraduate writers in the College of Arts and Sciences and strives to support all writers on our campus to the best of our abilities.

Work full time and are in graduate school so find it difficult to find time to see a consultant: 
Look for consultants who work online. Or find a professional consultant/tutor through our list of independent freelance editors and tutors. 

Outstate and a distance learner: 
Look for consultants who work online.

Writing your dissertation: 
The University of Washington Graduate School provides links to a number of sites that assist those preparing to write, writing, or trying to complete a dissertation.

Writing an abstract:
George Mason University's writing center has a thorough description, as does Raensslaer Polytechnic University's.

Creating a professional resume or vita:
Emory University's writing center provides helpful advice.

Need discipline-specific writing advice:
Check out Columbia University School of Social Work Writing Center which also has good descriptions of APA guidelines and fantastic handouts, or Claremont University that works as a clearinghouse on a variety of disciplines.

Need an editor or proofreader:
Email us with your specific needs ( (We do not recommend the editors but are merely serving to connect writers with professionals; we also have no idea about the fees charged.)

Considering further graduate study:
Graduate Gateway out of the University of Central Florida provides advice on getting into graduate school, writing a thesis, writing personal statements, curriculum vitae and cover letters.

Giving an academic talk:
Here is an article you might find helpful. Click here for the pdf file of " How to Give an Academic Talk."