Core Capacities

The PhD Core Capacities are a set of seven skills that build upon the learning outcomes that exist within doctoral programs across the University. These capacities provide a framework for you to articulate the skills and knowledge you are gaining through your PhD education to professional audiences. Learning these skills is part of preparation for serving effectively in a diverse, inclusive, and global professional landscape.

The skills we have defined will contribute to preparation for a variety of doctoral career pathways. We expect that you will go into depth differently for each capacity based on the requirements of your program, as well as the expectations and skillsets required for your desired career. 

Students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences are able to participate PhD Pathways summer pilot. Click here for more information and to access the subscription form and submissions portal.

The capacities themselves are divided into three Learning Levels:

  • Level 1: Skills Exploration
  • Level 2: Skills Development
  • Level 3: Skills Application

In the descriptions below you will find Level 1 learning outcomes for each Capacity. Learning outcomes for Levels 2 and 3 are currently in development and will be added in late 2021.