UChicago Professional Development Certificates

Professional Development Student Experience

Expertise for Today's World

The Professional Development team strives to provide career services and additional resources for our current students and alumni. We host events, workshops, seminars, and webinars focusing on important skills such as networking, interviewing, resume writing, and negotiating. We also offer lectures that expand beyond the classroom and dive deep into diverse subjects.

Students and alumni from all certificates are invited to participate. If you are considering our Professional Development certificates and are interested in attending one of these events, we encourage you to register. We update our calendar regularly with additional events and workshops.

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Professional Development Student Experience

Career Advising

The Professional Development team offers one-on-one career advising. Professional Development students can schedule career advising meetings to discuss job searches, networking, resumes, and interviews as well as academic advising meetings to make sure their coursework matches their interests and career aspirations. Contact our team to schedule an advising appointment at GrahamPD@uchicago.edu.

  • Networking
  • Interviewing
  • Negotiating
  • Resume and Cover Letter Writing


Dean of Students

Non-credit students at the Graham School are supported by the Dean of Students Office. Please contact them for information about student resources, career resources, and policies.

Student Advisory Board

The Professional Development Programs Student Advisory Board (PDPSAB) meets monthly throughout the academic year and advises Professional Development staff on issues of concern to certificate students, plans events and activities for their peers, and works to create a collaborative certificate community. The Student Advisory Board is composed of current students and alumni from across all certificate programs and fosters a supportive environment for certificate and non-credit students in the Graham School.

Prospective students are encouraged to contact the PDPSAB to learn more about the Professional Development student experience. If you are a current student interested in learning more about the PDPSAB or joining the board, please email pdpsab@lists.uchicago.edu.

PDPSAB members serve for at least one academic year. All interested active students and alumni are eligible to join the board. Distance-learning students are able to join the board as well, as long as they are able to conference in during the monthly meetings. 

Students' Work Experience

Our students choose to earn a certificate at any point in their career. Whether they are seasoned professionals or recent graduates, our alumni surveys consistently report that obtaining a certificate from the University of Chicago positively impacted their career.

Professional Development student work experience: 1-5 Years: 33%; 6-10 Years: 20%; 11-15 Years: 16%; 16+ Years: 31%




Our alumni indicate that their primary motivation for enrolling in our certificates is to develop the knowledge and skills to move up within their organization or to change careers. Our career services and UChicago resources for current students and alumni have been essential contributors to their professional journey.

Primary Motivation