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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GPS Program Offerings
GPS Credit: 0.33 in Personal Effectiveness You have developed essential skills through your academic, professional, and co-curricular experiences. In this workshop you will learn how to recognize and articulate these […]
Professional development and career planning in uncertain times. Click here to view the mini-conference program.
Description: Skills of Communication is a full-day course featuring the tools and tips of better verbal communication. It will test your assumptions and mental models and for many it may be […]
GPS Credits: 0.33 in Personal Effectiveness In this session, you will learn about interviews outside of academia and how to position your graduate and other experiences effectively to potential employers […]
GPS Credit: 0.33 in Personal Effectiveness In this session, you will develop a personal brand (your research, your expertise, etc.) that you would like to represent online. We will discuss […]
GPS Credit: 0.33 in Personal Effectiveness In this small group advising session for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows we will discuss strategies for engaging in career planning and exploration during […]
GPS Credit: 0.33 in Personal Effectiveness In this small group session of postdoctoral fellows we will discuss the challenges of making and maintaining professional relationships that will lead to meaningful […]
GPS Credit: 0.33 in Personal Effectiveness In this session, you will learn about applications, including how to structure an appealing cover letter and build compelling résumés that effectively communicate the […]
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 email@example.com.
Graduate Programming Coordinator
66 Harbord Street
University of Toronto M5S 1A1
Tel: 416-946-3497 Fax: 416-946-0831