The Professional Development Center within the School of Graduate Studies provides programming and services that support the professional development needs of graduate students and postdocs.   

    • Master's Students
    • Doctoral Students
    • Professional Students
    • Postdoc
    Skills Emphasized
    • Discipline Specific Knowledge
    • Research Skills
    • Communication
    • Leadership & Management
    • Professionalism
    • Responsible Conduct of Research/Academic Integrity
    • Career Development
    • Work/Life Balance
    Services Offered
    • Professional development programs
    • Workshops
    • Conferences
    • Scholarship/fellowship application support
    • Consultation
    • Coaching/mentoring
    External Partners
    • Alumni
    • National associations
    University Collaborations
    • Career center
    • Center for Women
    • Student Activities and Leadership
    • Educational Services for Students
    • Graduate Student Council
    • Information Technology Services
    • Center for International Affairs
    • International Student Services
    • Office of Multicultural Affairs
    • Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity
    • Research Administration
    • University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education
    • Writing Resource Center


    CGS is the leading source of information, data analysis, and trends in graduate education. Our benchmarking data help member institutions to assess performance in key areas, make informed decisions, and develop plans that are suited to their goals.
    CGS Best Practice initiatives address common challenges in graduate education by supporting institutional innovations and sharing effective practices with the graduate community. Our programs have provided millions of dollars of support for improvement and innovation projects at member institutions.
    As the national advocate for graduate education, CGS serves as a resource for policymakers and others on issues concerning graduate education, research, and scholarship. CGS members receive regular updates of legislative and regulatory proposals impacting graduate education and are provided resources to use in advocacy efforts on their campuses and with policymakers and other constituents. 
    CGS is an authority on global trends in graduate education and a leader in the international graduate community. Our resources and meetings on global issues help members internationalize their campuses, develop sustainable collaborations, and prepare their students for a global future.