Centre for Graduate Professional Development (CGPD)

Graduate professional development (GPD) is competency or skills-based training that is complementary to the discipline-based graduate coursework and research required for a master’s or doctoral degree.

GPD helps students succeed in graduate school and prepares them for a wide range of employment opportunities. Below are a number of offerings from the School of Graduate Studies.


MyGPD is a web-based platform that is designed to help all graduate students succeed in their program and become the professional they wish to become. MyGPD will help you navigate your professional development through a process of developing an Individual Development Plan (IDP), building a supportive network, selecting skill-building workshops, and reflecting on your process. Become the professional you want to be.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition

​The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition is open to graduate students who are doing a major research project. Participants have three minutes or less to present their research to a panel of non-specialist judges, and competitions are held at local, provincial, and national levels. The challenge is to present complex research information in an engaging, accessible, and compelling way.

SGS Summer Institute

The Summer Institute offers an intensive professional development experience over summer months for busy and ambitious graduate students. This year, we focus on arts-based approaches and design thinking. Visit MyCGPD to learn more.

Career Panels with Alumni Professionals

​​As recent higher education and employment trends have shown, graduate students across all disciplines are entering a wide variety of careers outside of the ivory tower but still face challenges in making the transition. In order to meet these challenges, The Centre for Graduate Professional Development presents a series of panel discussions from professionals who will share their career narratives and answer questions.

Innovation Fund

The SGS Innovation in Graduate Professional Development Fund offers up to $1,000 to successful proposals of new or expanded Graduate Professional Development initiatives. Learn how to apply and download the budget spreadsheet and application. The upcoming deadline to submit a proposal is May 31, 2021.

Public Scholarship

Graduate students from all departments of the University of Toronto are invited to discuss their research and ideas in an environment that encourages interdisciplinary learning and intellectual dialogue.

Grad Room ​Co-working Space

Grad Room is a co-working space for graduate students to get involved in graduate life, build a community of graduate scholars, and learn and practice new skills. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic the Grad Room is currently closed.

Coaching Sessions​

Coaching is the process of partnering with a client in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. In the context of Grad School, coaching is about exploring new ways of working, and connecting to resources and communities that can propel you forward. Design a graduate experience that works for you by booking a 30-minute coaching session with Liam O’Leary. Together we will identify goals, explore strengths, and develop plans. Appointments are available on Wednesdays and Fridays.

On-Demand GPD Workshops from Mitacs Edge

Mitacs Edge has a suite of on-demand and synchronous professional development workshops tailored to the unique needs of graduate students. You can create an account and access them here. Below are a list of on-demand, asynchronous workshops.

Questions? Contact

Liam O’Leary
Centre for Graduate Professional Development