Graduate Student Experience in the Research University (gradSERU)
What is gradSERU?
GradSERU, which stands for the “Graduate Student Experience in the Research University,” is one of two comprehensive surveys of graduate students at the University of Toronto. This survey provides a powerful way for students to tell us about what’s working well, and what not so well, in classrooms, labs, and campus life.
The University of Toronto takes the results seriously in order to enhance programs and curricula, improve student services and policies, strengthen research and scholarship opportunities, and ensure a vibrant and supportive environment for all students. Learn more about how your responses shape graduate education at U of T.
Initiated by the Center for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE) and the University of Minnesota’s Office of Institutional Research, gradSERU is a comprehensive, longitudinal study designed to help answer questions about the potential relationship between graduate education experiences, program characteristics, and development outcomes of master’s and doctoral students at leading research universities across the globe. Learn more about gradSERU.
gradSERU 2023 prizes
|Week 1||1 x iPad Air (256 GB)|
|Week 4||2 x $250 gift cards|
|Week 6||5 x $50 gift cards|
|Week 8||10 x $25 gift cards|
2023 Survey Administration – Frequently Asked Questions
Sponsored by U of T’s School of Graduate Studies, the gradSERU survey was most recently administered from February – April 2021. Explore the data through our public dashboard below.
The University of Toronto participated in gradSERU for the first time in Spring 2017. The 2017 gradSERU survey achieved a 20.7% response rate, with participation from 3,521 graduate students – 1,350 doctoral, 1,449 professional master’s, and 722 research master’s.
The 2017 version of the core gradSERU Survey contained 12 sections:
- Your program
- Entrance and Initial Experience
- Financial Support
- Research Experience
- Teaching Experience
- Program Climate
- Career Plans
- Obstacles to Degree Progress
- Proficiency levels
- Overall Satisfaction
Three modules—Health and Wellness, Professional Development, and International Student—posed additional questions.