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Message from the Director

Welcome to the Professional Development Programs here at the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies – we appreciate your interest in our programs!

Our learner-centric attitude and concierge approach serves to enrich your educational experience and more importantly, enhance your personal and professional development.

Overwhelmingly, our alumni* state that their participation in our professional development programs had (and continue to have) a significant and positive impact on their:

  • Quality of Work
  • Productivity
  • Career Advancement
  • Learner Satisfaction
  • Employer Satisfaction
  • Salary

*2015 alumni survey (2011-15 certificate recipients; n=448; 32% response rate)

Personally, I’ve seen many learners from a wide variety of backgrounds and professional experiences thrive at Graham during their educational pursuits due to their determination, perseverance, and their commitment to lifelong learning.  As a result, our alumni are ultimately successful at: 1) Launching new careers, 2) changing from one career to another, and 3) advancing their current career to a higher level.

I encourage you to explore our website, attend an information session, contact one of our great staff, and apply to your program of interest. Note that all our certificate programs are open enrollment, which means you can apply at any time throughout the year and begin classes in any quarter.

Best of luck in your professional development endeavors.


Mike Niederpruem, MS, MA, CAE

Director of Professional Development Programs