What is

The Grad Academy?


Half of Graduate Students Quit Their Programs

Graduate students need practical guidance on how to complete their programs.

The Grad Academy is a face-to-face, empirically-based workshop designed to teach graduate students all of the skills they need to succeed in their programs. That way, they can finally start thinking about how they can make a difference, instead of worrying about how to finish their programs. Our curriculum includes: 


Master Academic Writing

The Grad Academy teaches graduate students how to craft their academic papers, theses, and dissertations.

Conquer Academic Reading

We teach graduate students the methods to quickly and effectively read and comprehend academic articles and books.

Overcome Impostor Phenomenon

Feeling like a fraud? The Grad Academy teaches graduate students how impostor feelings affect their success and how to overcome them.

Speed up research

We teach graduate students how to approach research without wasting time drowning in sources.

Student Data



Recommend Grad Academy to Others


Report Improved Academic Reading


Report Improved Academic Writing


Report Feeling More Energized and Confident


Report Increased Productivity


Average Drop in Impostor Feelings

Hands down the most useful and relevant workshop I have experienced in my grad school journey.


PhD Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum

I learned how to structure my writing, read articles for reviews, and outside resources that can help manage my time and writing so that I can be successful in my graduate program. I feel more confident that I can learn how to write like professionals in my field and publish in a top journal before I finish my program, something I was not sure I could do before The Grad Academy.”


PhD, Management

Every part of that workshop was just jaw-dropping. I thought ‘Oh, my goodness gracious, if I would’ve had this last semester, I would’ve been so much less stressed’!


PhD Political Science

Frequently Asked Questions


What Are the Different Versions of The Grad Academy?

We provide general and discipline-specific versions of The Grad Academy. The generalized workshop is for Deans of Graduate Schools who hope to bring The Grad Academy to the entire university.

In our discipline-specific Grad Academy, we work closely with departments to ensure that they’re students receive specific skill sets for their areas of study.

How Many Students Can Attend the Grad Academy at One Time?
We can comfortably teach up to 45 graduate students at one time.
Is the Grad Academy Interactive?
Absolutely. We bore easily, so we’re not in the game of providing lecture-based, non-interactive workshops. With each module in The Grad Academy, participants are constantly interacting with each other and the presenters. Participants also receive ample time to practice and apply the skill sets we teach.
What Do The Administrators/Deans/Directors Need to Provide?

Room: We recommend that you provide a room that allows interaction. Circle tables are ideal.

Refreshments/Lunch: Although we can break for lunch, we recommend that lunch be provided so participants can further engage with each other and the presenters.

Recruitment: Some universities have created a recruitment system in which departments can nominate attendees; other universities (specifically departments) will open The Grad Academy to all students up to 45 in enrollment.

How Long is The Grad Academy?
The Grad Academy is a one-day intensive workshop, lasting from 8am-4pm. That said, we are happy to adapt the workshop (e.g., conducted over two-days, etc) in any way you need.
Do you have an online version?

Absolutely! Check out join.thegradacademy.com to access our online course!

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