Students pursuing higher degrees at GS YSU coming from many regions in Indonesia and other countries. Indonesian students come from all provinces in Indonesia, mostly from Java Island while international students are from countries such as Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Burundi, Cambodia, Canada, china, Colombia, Ethipia, Fiji, Germany, Guyana, India, Kenya, Lao PDR, Madagaskar, Mali, Mexico, Panua New Ginea, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Thailand, Timor Leste, Turkey, Uganda, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam. Besides coming from various areas in Indonesia and other countries, students of GS YSU also have various professional backgrounds. Most of them work as teachers/faculty members at university or other professions that are related to education and research.

Graduate School of Yogyakarta State University (GS YSU) offers 5 study programs consisting of 2 Magister Programs and 3 Doctoral Programs. Practically, all the study programs are related to Education. It shows the concern of SPs UNY in Education. From that 5 study programs, the Magister Programs of Educational Research and Evaluation (PEP), Technology and Vocational Education (PTK) and the the Doctoral Programs of Educational Research and Evaluation (PEP), Educational Sciences (IP), and Technology and Vocational Education (PTK) have received A (Excellent) accreditation. 


GS YSU implements a semester credit system (SKS) where one (1) credit hour is equivalent to 50  minutes and  consists of 1 credit hour attending face-to-face lecture, 1 credit hour completing structured task, and 1 credit hour doing standalone task.  Teaching and learning applies various methods such as face-to-face lectures, tutorials, seminars, practicums, workshops, field trips, researches for thesis and dissertation, and publication writing.

The duration of master degree is designed for period or 4 semesters with a study load of 40-50 credits including lectures, field visit, thesis writing, final exam, and publication writing. Master students are expected to complete their studies at the latest within 8 semesters. The doctoral degree is designed for 6 semesters with astudy load of 50-60 credits and maximum of 14 semesters.