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.

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GPS Program Offerings

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Interviewing for Work
  • January 30 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

GPS credit: 1 In this workshop you will learn about interviews outside of academia and how to position your graduate…

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Strategies for Systematic, Scoping, or Other Comprehensive Searches of Literature – PART III
  • January 31 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

GPS Credit: 0.5Knowledge syntheses that rely solely on published academic literature are at high risk of publication bias. Searching the…

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Research Ethics in the Social Sciences, Humanities, and Education
  • February 3 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

GPS credit: 1 Faculty members, graduate students, and staff are invited to attend.  Workshops include a presentation with opportunities for…

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Networking to Find Meaningful Work
  • February 3 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

GPS Credit: 0.66In this small group session of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows we will discuss the challenges of making…

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Research Ethics in the Health Sciences
  • February 3 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

GPS Credit: 1 Faculty members, graduate students, and staff are invited to attend. Workshops will include a presentation with opportunities…

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Research Ethics in the Health Sciences
  • February 4 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

GPS Credit: 1 Faculty members, graduate students, and staff are invited to attend. Workshops will include a presentation with opportunities…

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Registration opens for the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition
  • February 4 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Be the first to sign up for the Three Minute Thesis competition.

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Research Ethics in the Social Sciences, Humanities, and Education
  • February 4 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

GPS Credit: 1 Faculty members, graduate students, and staff are invited to attend. Workshops include a presentation with opportunities for…

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Research Ethics in the Social Sciences, Humanities, and Education
  • February 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

GPS Credit: 1 Faculty members, graduate students, and staff are invited to attend. Workshops include a presentation with opportunities for…

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Research Ethics in the Health Sciences
  • February 6 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

GPS Credit: 1 Faculty members, graduate students, and staff are invited to attend. Workshops will include a presentation with opportunities…

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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 learn more information on completing GPS, please visit our Learning Management System.

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.oleary@utoronto.ca​.

Contact

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