Professional skills development

Waterloo graduate students can take advantage of an array of opportunities to develop communication skills, leadership, personal effectiveness - and prepare for an academic or a non-academic career. 

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition

With just one static slide and three minutes, research master's and doctoral students compete to explain the breadth and significance of their research.


Two doctoral students explore one research theme from interdisciplinary perspectives. Past topics include climate change, artificial intelligence, healthy aging, drinking water and social networks.


Graduate students create a video, moving slideshow, or animation of no longer than 60 seconds to describe their research. Entries are judged on communication, creativity and visual impact, and technical quality.

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This central hub of professional development resources is designed specifically for graduate students at the University of Waterloo. It is offered by Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs, in collaboration with campus partners. 

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Professional Skills Foundations

A new credential for graduate students at the University of Waterloo, Foundations is designed to offer master's and doctoral students broad exposure to and experience in four key skill areas: career preparation, communication, leadership and personal effectiveness. 

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