The Graduate School Professional Development Program provides a full range of training opportunities and resources to graduate students to develop core competencies important for academic and professional success. Using a comprehensive framework of competencies appropriate to different stages of a graduate student career, we provide guidance on actions graduate students can take and programming to develop each competency in order to be prepared for career success as innovative future leaders.

    • Master's Students
    • Doctoral Students
    • Professional Students
    • Postdoc
    • Staff & Faculty
    • Students from non-UNC institutions
    Skills Emphasized
    • Communication and presentation
    • Writing
    • Professional networking
    • Personal finance
    • Research development
    • Governance, risk and compliance
    • Project management and budget management
    • Job search
    • Mentoring
    • Leadership
    • Science policy
    • Technology commercialization
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Teaching
    • Research ethics
    • Science outreach
    Services Offered
    • Workshops
    • Courses
    • 3-Minute Thesis
    • Leadership development program
    • Individual Development Plan (IDP)
    • Preparing International Teaching Assistants Program (PITAP)
    • CIRTL Network
    External Partners
    • Private companies/industry
    • Non-profit organizations
    • Federal agencies
    • Recruiting companies
    • Other universities and/or colleges
    • Alumni
    • Entrepreneurs/Self-employed
    University Collaborations
    • University Career Services
    • The Writing Center
    • Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
    • Center for Faculty Excellence
    • Office of Graduate Education (SOM)
    • University libraries
    • Office of International Student and Scholar Services


    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.