The Graduate College Professional Development Program provides a formal, value-added experience for graduate students to enhance their academic, professional, and career preparation and readiness. In addition, the programming centralizes essential information, facilitates greater access to resources, organizes and promotes academic and professional development opportunities, and collaborates with other campus units to ensure that an array of opportunities are available to graduate students.

    • Master's Students
    • Doctoral Students
    • Professional Students
    Skills Emphasized
    • Communication and presentation
    • Writing
    • Professional networking
    • Personal finance
    • Research development
    • Governance, risk and compliance
    • Job search
    • Mentoring
    • Leadership
    • Technology commercialization
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Teaching
    • Research ethics
    Services Offered
    • Research Certificate Program
    • Teaching Certificate Program
    • Workshops/Training Opportunities
    External Partners
    • Private companies/industry
    • Non-profit organizations
    • Recruiting companies
    • Other universities and/or colleges
    • Alumni
    University Collaborations
    • Career services/career center
    • Writing program or writing center
    • Teaching and learning center
    • University libraries
    • Grad & Prof Student Assocication
    • Provost's Office


    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.