Professional Development Opportunities at GSAS

Our mission is to enhance the academic experiences and quality of life for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences’ students pursuing advanced degrees. 

In order to do so, we are committed to:

  • Cultivating a community of integrated learning in which we promote an education that is student-centered, emphasizing the individual and the development of the whole person
  • Assessing and addressing the distinct and diverse needs of the graduate student population with a particular focus on academic and professional development
  • Creating an environment in which the presence and contributions of graduate students are recognized, valued, and celebrated
  • Fostering collaborative relationships across departments, programs, and divisions

Building a community of graduate students takes each individual’s participation and commitment. Here, we encourage our students to explore the following resources and get involved in the graduate community.

  • GSAS Futures is a professional development initiative sponsored by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate Student Council in partnership with Career Services and other campus affiliates. Through seminars, workshops, panel discussions, and networking events, GSAS Futures strives to provide the support, resources and training opportunities to prepare our students for innovative careers after graduate school. 

  • The Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Program is a professional development initiative sponsored by GSAS. Designed to allow busy graduate students to participate throughout their academic careers and integrated with departmental training, the PFF Program balances time-tested and forward-looking pedagogical theories, techniques, and practices.

  • Open to all students enrolled in a GSAS master’s or doctoral program, the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed in 2008 by The University of Queensland in Australia.

Upcoming Events

Welcome to Fordham's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. I am Dr. Seoyoon Chang, Assistant Dean for Student Professional Development in GSAS. To better assist you in your transition into graduate school, we are thrilled to offer a series of four dynamic summer sessions designed to enhance your professional development and build connections wtih fellow incoming students!

These sessions will cover essential topics such as career preparation, pre-arrival needs, public speaking and tips for a productive first semester, providing you with the tools and resources needed to excel in your academic and professional journey.

Through engaging and interactive workshops, you will gain invaluable insights and practical tips that will help you envision and plan for your future. Remember, success begins with early planning and preparation! We encourage you to take full advantage of these opportunities and register for all sessions through the links provided below.

Wednesday, July 24, 2024 | 10 a.m.

  • In this workshop, we'll dive into why your first semester sets the stage for success in graduate school. Learn how to set professional and personal goals, establish meaningful connections at Fordham, and navigate the opportunities of NYC. We'll guide you through optimizing your LinkedIn profile for networking, and help you create a personalized professional development plan with actionable steps to kickstart your career journey. Don’t miss out on laying the groundwork for a successful and fulfilling graduate experience right from the start!

    Register here

Thursday, July 25, 2025 | 9 a.m.

  • Attention new GSAS international students! We are thrilled to welcome you and support you as you start your journey to campus life at Fordham. This workshop will address your pre-arrival and arrival needs, including visa interview preparation, U.S. customs procedures, New York transportation, and essential resources to ease your transition. Come meet your fellow colleagues, connect with the OIS team, and get answers to any questions you may have. Don’t miss this important event!

    Register here

Tuesday, July 30, 2024 | 11 a.m.

  • Join us for a panel discussion where current students and alumni share their experiences and tips on navigating the first semester, academic development, and professional journey at GSAS. We'll cover managing coursework, nextowrking, preparing for your future career, and more! This is a unique opportunity to hear firsthand experiences from those who have successfully walked the path you're about to take. Don't miss this chance to gain practical insights, ask questions, and start your GSAS experience with confidence.

    Register here

Wednesday, August 7, 2024 | 9 a.m.

  • Want to feel more assertive and comfortable in front of an audience? Want to learn about the key ingredients of your Fordham graduate education? Join your fellow GSAS classmates for an interactive (and humorous) workshop to sharpen your public speaking skills in the Jesuit tradition. No prior experience needed. Facilitated by Dr. Seoyoon Chang (Assistant Dean for Student Professional Development, GSAS) and Dr. Robert Parmach (Director of Ignatian Mission, Office of the VP for Mission Integration & Ministry).

    Register here