Graduate Professional Skills (GPS)

Jas Saggar

“Participation in [the] GPS Program has contributed to a highly satisfying experience at U of T.”

Jas Saggar
Alumna, PhD (2014), Medical Biophysics​, Winner, 2013 Provincial 3MT®
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Getting Started

The Graduate Professional Skills (GPS) program, an initiative of the School of Graduate Studies, is designed to help all graduate students become fully prepared for their future. GPS focuses on skills beyond those conventionally learned within a disciplinary program, skills that may be critical to success in the wide range of careers that graduates enter, both within and outside academe.

The program can help you to communicate better, plan and manage your time, learn entrepreneurial skills, understand and apply ethical practices, and work effectively in teams and as leaders. GPS consists of a range of optional “offerings” with a time commitment roughly equivalent to 60 hours of work. Its successful completion will be recognized by a transcript notation.

Please register on the Graduate Skills Program (GPS) learning management system (LMS) and
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Additional Info on GPS Offerings by Skill Area

GPS offerings consist of co-curricular courses, workshops, seminars, and placements offered by various units throughout U of T. You may enrol in GPS offerings from the four following skill areas:

GPS Program Offerings

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Practise Your Presentation Skills
  • October 22 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Program Partner: Mitacs GPS Credits: 2 in Communication Skills In this one-day course, theory is introduced in short bursts and…

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Working with Messy Data in OpenRefine
  • November 6 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Program Partner: UofT LibrariesGPS Credit: 1 in Research-Related Skills In an ideal world, any data you collect or obtain would…

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Working with and Presenting Geographic Information (UTSC)
  • November 8 @ 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Presenter: Glenn Brauen, Assistant Professor—Teaching Stream, Human Geography This workshop will provide an overview of geographic information for students who…

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Congratulations, You Have Reach Candidacy! Now what?
  • November 11 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Congratulations, you have reached candidacy! This is an important moment in your graduate school journey and for some candidates there…

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Strategies for Systematic, Scoping, or Other Comprehensive Searches of Literature – PART I
  • November 15 @ 2:00 am - 4:00 pm

Program Partner: UofT LibrariesGPS Credit: 1 in Research-Related SkillsPart 1: Structured Approach to Searching the Medical Literature for Knowledge Syntheses…

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Developing Your Teaching Philosophy and Dossier
  • November 19 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Speaker:  Mike Kasprzak PhD, Assistant Director – TATP / Centre for Teaching Support and Innovation Please register for this session at…

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Writing and Publishing a Research Article (UTSC)
  • November 20 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Mary Silcox, Vice-Dean Graduate and Professor, Anthropology This workshop, offered at the Scarborough campus, enables graduate students to become better…

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Introduction to Data Visualization
  • November 21 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Program Partner: UofT LibrariesGPS Credit: 1 in Research-Related Skills Data visualization gives us a better understanding of our data and…

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Strategies for Systematic, Scoping, or Other Comprehensive Searches of Literature – PART II
  • November 22 @ 2:00 am - 4:30 pm

Program Partner: UofT LibrariesGPS Credit: 1 in Research-Related SkillsPart 2: Beyond MEDLINE: Translating Search Strategies for Knowledge Syntheses Audience: University of…

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Foundations of Project Management (2 days)
  • November 25 @ 9:00 am - November 26 @ 5:00 pm

Program Partner: MitacsGPS Credit: 4 in Personal Effectiveness or Research-Related SkillsLearning teams of approximately five people each will be formed…

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Completing GPS

Completion of GPS is roughly equivalent to one-half of a full academic course in time commitment. Your successful completion of GPS will be recognized by a notation on your transcript.

To complete GPS, you’ll be required to complete a total of 20 GPS Credits as follows:

1) A minimum of 5 GPS Credits in each of three out of the four following skill areas:

  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Personal effectiveness
  • Teaching competence
  • Research-related skills

2) 5 additional GPS Credits in any skill areas

Email a completed GPS Tracking & Completion Form to​.


Liam O’Leary
Graduate Programming Coordinator
Grad Room
66 Harbord Street
University of Toronto M5S 1A1
Tel: 416-946-3497 Fax: 416-946-0831 ​​​

Mitacs Research Program

Mitacs is a national research organization offering unique research and training programs to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in Canada. Mitacs programs include:

Mitacs Accelerate

Canada’s premier research internship program. It connects graduate students and postdocs with companies through short-term research projects. Interns apply their specialized expertise to business research challenges and transfer their skills from theory to real-world application.

Mitacs Elevate

Provides a foundation of cutting-edge research, business, entrepreneurship, and scientific management skills to newly minted PhDs. Through Mitacs Elevate, new PhDs create and lead a major industrial research project while establishing vital connections within the local business community.

Mitacs Step

Provides business-ready skills to up-and-coming researchers. Mitacs Step trains graduate students and postdocs in essential interpersonal, project management, and entrepreneurial skills required to succeed in their future career.

For more information, please contact your local business development representative.