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.

Coaching Sessions​

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.

Graduate Professional Development Courses

Our courses are between three and six weeks long and they often focus on personal development and effectiveness. Each semester we have unique professional development offerings so check back often.

Grad Room ​Co-working Space and Community Workshops

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. On Mondays, we have a weekly drop-in mindfulness session at noon and a knitting group in the evening. 


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.

Professional Development Conferences & Career Panels

​​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.

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 November 15, 2021.

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.

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.

Questions? Contact

Liam O’Leary
Centre for Graduate Professional Development