Today’s academic and work environment demands that we treat graduate professional development as intertwined with traditional content learning. Mastering skills and knowledge requires the ability to present findings to others, connect with different audiences, and adapt disciplinary perspectives to changing social challenges. Graduate students at the University of Cincinnati become experts in their fields, but they also benefit from enrichment opportunities that hone their leadership and interpersonal abilities, speaking and writing skills, grant-writing talents, teaching proficiencies, and capacity to transform knowledge into the wisdom our world sorely needs.

    • Master's Students
    • Doctoral Students
    • Postdoc
    • Certificate Students
    Skills Emphasized
    • Communication and presentation
    • Professional networking and job-hunting
    • Mentoring
    • Technology commercialization
    • Teaching
    • Research ethics
    • Grant and fellowship application writing
    Services Offered
    • Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program
    • Multi-campus mentoring experience
    • Career counseling
    • Professional development courses and workshops
    • Seminars on teaching, financial literacy, the academic and non-academic job market
    • Individual Development Plans
    External Partners
    • Private companies/industry
    University Collaborations
    • Internships with local institutions through the Preparing Future Faculty program


    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.