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Graduate Education Resources (GEAR)

To complement in-person events and workshops, the Graduate School gives you GEAR. The online tools in GEAR focus on every phase of your academic and professional development.

As your vision of the future progresses, so too do complexities and expectations of your graduate education. Whether you aspire for a career in academia or an industry beyond campus, GEAR highlights:

  • What it means to be a successful graduate student

  • The dissertation/thesis process

  • Components of the career search


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Developed by the Graduate School, GEAR 1 (Graduate Education Resources for the First Year) is a collection of online modules that helps students navigate their first year of graduate education. GEAR 1 modules include: 

  • Welcome to the University
  • Minnesota Life
  • Funding and Tuition
  • Being a Graduate Student
  • Your Health and Wellness
  • Planning After Year 1

Enroll in GEAR 1


Developed by the Graduate School, GEAR+ (Graduate Education Resources Beyond the First Year) is a collection of online resources, both internal and external to the University, that connect key areas of academic and professional development, including:

  • Writing, communicating, and the dissertation/thesis
  • Leadership, personal and career development
  • Career paths

Enroll in GEAR+

Explore Other Academic and Professional Development Tools

DoctoralNet (and MastersNet) is an online tool that provides graduate students with support in specialized skills like:

  • Academic writing
  • Research design
  • Wellness and motivation
  • Transerable skills for all careers

DoctoralNet/MastersNet is external to, but affiliated with the University of Minnesota. Use it for free! All you need to do is register with your UMN email address. 

Register for DoctoralNet

The University of Minnesota is proud to be an institutional member of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD). NCFDD provides professional development and mentoring through a host of resources that are applicable across all fields of inquiry. 

Use NCFDD for free! All you need to do is register with your UMN email address. 


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