Professional Development Guide

Core Competencies

The core competencies provide a guide for your professional development at each stage in your graduate career. These competencies are inclusive of masters and doctoral students across disciplines and applicable to a wide range of professional settings.


Communication: Interpersonal understanding, mentoring, collaboration, networking
Academic Development: Scholarship, research, teaching, mentoring, critical thinking
Leadership & Professionalism: Ethics, planning, leading teams, problem-solving, evaluation
Career Development: Personal and professional organization, flexibility, success


At different stages in your graduate career, there are various actions you can engage in to develop each competency.


Explore the Graduate School Professional Development (GSPD) events and workshops


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