Graduate academy ‘ensures that all students benefit academically and professionally’


Sometimes graduate students need to hone certain skills as they move into the job market. At NDSU, you’ll receive support so you succeed.

NDSU’s Graduate Professional Skills Academy is a professional development program offered by the Graduate School to help prepare students for their careers after graduation.

The GPS Academy is designed specifically for graduate students, and includes workshops and services in eight areas: communication, leadership, management, entrepreneurship, research and scholarship, teaching, personal excellence and career skills.

Ibtissem Belmihoub, an NDSU doctoral student from Algeria studying rhetoric, writing and culture, is an active participant in GPS Academy events. “The variety of workshops and events offered by the academy ensures that all students benefit academically and professionally,” she said. “The small size of the gatherings ensures time to understand the content, practice and ask questions.”

Because she is beginning her job search, Belmihoub took particular interest in workshops on networking, interviewing and transferable skills. “This training gives me an advantage over others who may have heard of these skills or read about them, but never got to practice,” she said.

That’s what the GPS Academy is all about – building a foundation of skills for the future.

“The students have the opportunity to tailor their activities to suit their need and interests,” said Benton Duncan, professor of mathematics and interim dean of the College of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies. “With the MyNDSU system students are able to track their participation and keep records of what they accomplished. The GPS Academy also is a great way for students to get involved in the Fargo-Moorhead community.”

At NDSU, we want you to have the tools to excel. Start your graduate experience today.