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Your Professional Development Begins Today

No matter what your career plans are, your graduate school experience must encompass more than just coursework, research, presentations, and publications. The Graduate School provides programs, resources, and events to help you with every step along the way—from identifying potential career paths, to developing skills to compete for them, to managing your career. These opportunities will help prepare you for success in academia, business, entrepreneurship, government, and nonprofits. Professional development is not one workshop or one course; it is something you do throughout your time at Duke. So get started now.

Overview of professional development offerings from The Graduate School (PDF)


  • Friday, October 19, 2018
    3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

    Eliminating Achievement Gaps Through Data and Analytics

    Dr. Tim Renick will discuss how Georgia State University employed data and analytics to raise graduation rates by 22 percentage points and close all achievement gaps based on race, ethnicity, income-level and first-generation status.

  • Monday, October 22, 2018
    12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

    Preparing Ph.D. Applications: A Workshop for Master’s Students

    If you’re considering applying to Ph.D. programs, join us for a workshop that will provide insight into the decision-making processes of doctoral admissions committees. Learn how to tailor your application to the institution and compete successfully in this workshop.

  • Tuesday, October 23, 2018
    12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

    How to Evaluate Online Information and Combat Fake News

    In this hands-on workshop, Dr. Francisco Ramos will discuss recent research about students’ online reasoning skills, identify specific skill gaps among Duke students, and suggest lessons and activities that can be incorporated into the classroom.


Organizing Your Personal and Professional OPTIONS

October 9, 2018
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Hoping to get the most out of your graduate professional development while still making time for your personal goals? Luckily, Duke has many resources available to help you determine your priorities and chart your own path!

Making the Time (to Learn How) to Teach

October 2, 2018
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Research or teaching? Jessica Brandt, Ph.D., cautions against reinforcing this false binary when it comes to graduate training in STEM fields. She shares how taking the opportunity to teach her own Duke course through the Bass Instructional Fellowship enriched her professional development.

Don’t Miss Out

Check out all the professional development programs and events we have to offer.