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


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 o’leary
graduate programming coordinator
grad room
66 harbord street
university of toronto m5s 1a1
tel: 416-946-3497 fax: 416-946-0831 ​​​