The Office of Professional Development (OPD) positions graduate students and postdoctoral researchers for success in their careers at UMass and beyond. Our training programs offer a wide array of presentations, panel discussions, seminars, workshops, site visits, and non-credit courses to help participants build competency in the areas of teaching, communication, leadership & management, and career preparation. 

    • Master's Students
    • Doctoral Students
    • Postdoc
    Skills Emphasized
    • Communicating research to varied audiences
    • Grant and fellowship writing
    • Publishing
    • Teaching
    • Career Planning
    • Building and maintaining networks
    • Business, leadership and team building
    Services Offered
    • Job Search Preparation
    • Seminars
    • Industry Site Visits
    • Business Foundations Series for Scientists and Engineers
    • Workshops
    External Partners
    • Private companies/industry
    • Non-profit organizations
    • Other universities and/or colleges
    • Alumni
    University Collaborations
    • Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development
    • Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning
    • University Writing Center
    • University libraries
    • Academic Departments
    • Graduate Programs
    • Faculty


    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.