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The Graduate School offers a variety of courses that provide discipline-neutral professional development for both academic and non-academic career paths. Most are one-to-two credit courses, and many are offered in the late afternoon/evening and for half of the semester. Some of the courses can be counted toward the Graduate Certificate in Innovation, Leadership and Management.

CareerWell Professional Development GRAD courses are pass/fail and do not fulfill degree requirements or count as earned hours. Some GRAD courses are graded H, P, L and can potentially fulfill a degree requirement elective. Please confirm with your student services manager that a particular GRAD course can satisfy a degree elective. Post-doctoral fellows are welcome to audit these courses with instructor permission if space allows.

How to Register

Register for these courses as you would for any other graduate course through ConnectCarolina. The Office of the University Registrar also has course registration information.

Spring 2023 Course Offerings

This is the most current list of dates, days, times, and modalities. Register through ConnectCarolina.

GRAD 705 001: Responsible Conduct of Research (1 credit)

In person, Tuesdays, 3:30-5:00 p.m., January 10-April 25

This course will explore ethical issues in research, including rigorous and reproducible experimental design; misconduct, plagiarism, and data falsification; data management and ownership; responsibility, and criteria for authorship; peer review of manuscripts and grants; definition and management of conflicts of interest; faculty/graduate student interactions; intellectual property and commercialization; and appropriate design and implementation of research with animals and humans. Each lecture will be followed by student-lead case discussion to illustrate principles addressed in the lecture.

GRAD 712 01W: Leadership for the Workplace (1.5 credits)

Remote synchronous, Wednesdays, 4:00-5:30 p.m., January 11-February 22

Effective leadership begins with understanding your capacity to influence others positively. This course examines your current leadership style and addresses the relationship of that style to leadership development opportunities including influencing team dynamics, building productive relationships, and managing change as a professional and a leader.

GRAD 714 01W: Introduction to Financial Accounting (1.5 credits)

Remote asynchronous, January 9-February 24

This course will teach the basics of financial accounting, including the balance sheet, the income statement, and the statement of cash flows and budgeting. The final presentation will incorporate financial skills and knowledge that can be used to support a future project proposal to business managers in an organization.

GRAD 715 01W: Business Communication (1.5 credits)

Remote synchronous, Tuesdays, 2:00-3:30 p.m., January 10-February 21

Business communication is a seven-week course and development series designed to provide Carolina graduate students strategies and tactics for: (1) clearly, concisely, and convincingly communicating their ideas in business settings; and (2) operating with a client (eg, internal, external) focus. Students will explore some of the fundamentals of business writing, including practices for writing common business documents (eg, memoranda, emails) as well as proposals (eg, grants, bids, strategic partnerships) and executive summaries.

GRAD 717 001: Introduction to Entrepreneurship and The Entrepreneurial Mindset (1.5 credits)

In person, Mondays, 3:30-5:00 p.m., March 6-April 24

Provides graduate students from a wide range of programs with an overview of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking. As part of this, students will learn and apply the lean startup methodology to develop and validate a business idea.

GRAD 725 001: Build Your Professional Brand (1.5 credits)

In person, Fridays, 1:00-2:30 p.m., January 13-February 24

Building effective job search materials and a strong online presence is essential for career success inside and outside the academy. In GRAD 725, you will work with professionals with expertise in all areas of the job search process to develop your brand including LinkedIn profile, resume/CV, cover letters and more. You will identify your job values and job skills and develop a professional development plan. Interactive sessions will provide the setting to develop/refine your job search materials and your career approach. Open to all graduate students in any discipline.

Sample GRAD 725 syllabus.

GRAD 736 01W: Venture Capital Practicum (1.5 credits)

Remote synchronous, meeting dates and times negotiable, January 9-February 21

In this experiential course, students will explore the activities and tools needed to make actual investment decisions for emerging companies. The course is offered in collaboration with Carolina Research Ventures (CRV), which supports companies engaged in commercializing technologies and other assets emanating from the University and UNC Health. Students will learn principles of rigorous and reproducible due diligence and market research; learn key components to the conduct of thorough due diligence on early-stage companies.

GRAD 757 01W: MAPS: Introduction to Applied Professional Studies

Remote synchronous, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00-5:15 p.m., January 10-April 27

MAPS: Introduction to Applied Professional Studies explores and expands upon the student’s goals and intentions in relation to their career objective and its impact on the workforce. MAPS: Introduction to Applied Professional Studies strives to build a solid foundation in which students engage in self-assessment, meaningful exploration of values, reflection on career trajectory, analysis of workforce trends, and the impact of their professional development on the workforce. For students admitted to MAPS.

GRAD 810 001: Teaching Skills for International Teaching Assistants

In person, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00-11:50 a.m., January 9-April 28

GRAD 810 and 811 are part of the Preparing International Teaching Assistants Program.

GRAD 810 serves as an introduction to teaching skills. The course focuses on cross-cultural communication, English pronunciation, basic teaching skills, and topics necessary for effective interaction in classrooms in the United States.

GRAD 811 001: Advanced Teaching Skills for International Teaching Assistants

In person, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:00-2:50 p.m., January 9-April 28

GRAD 810 and 811 are part of the Preparing International Teaching Assistants Program.

GRAD 811 serves as a continuation course with GRAD 810 being a prerequisite. The course focuses on cross-cultural communication, English pronunciation, basic teaching skills, and topics necessary for effective interaction in classrooms in the United States.