Graduate Professional Skills (GPS)
“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®
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.
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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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Program Partner: Mitacs GPS Credits: 2 in Communication Skills In this one-day course, theory is introduced in short bursts and…
Program Partner: UofT LibrariesGPS Credit: 1 in Research-Related Skills In an ideal world, any data you collect or obtain would…
Presenter: Glenn Brauen, Assistant Professor—Teaching Stream, Human Geography This workshop will provide an overview of geographic information for students who…
Congratulations, you have reached candidacy! This is an important moment in your graduate school journey and for some candidates there…
Program Partner: UofT LibrariesGPS Credit: 1 in Research-Related SkillsPart 1: Structured Approach to Searching the Medical Literature for Knowledge Syntheses…
Speaker: Mike Kasprzak PhD, Assistant Director – TATP / Centre for Teaching Support and Innovation Please register for this session at…
Mary Silcox, Vice-Dean Graduate and Professor, Anthropology This workshop, offered at the Scarborough campus, enables graduate students to become better…
Program Partner: UofT LibrariesGPS Credit: 1 in Research-Related Skills Data visualization gives us a better understanding of our data and…
Program Partner: UofT LibrariesGPS Credit: 1 in Research-Related SkillsPart 2: Beyond MEDLINE: Translating Search Strategies for Knowledge Syntheses Audience: University of…
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 email@example.com.
Graduate Programming Coordinator
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:
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.
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.
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.
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