The Graduate School guides students to the resources they need for career planning, professional development, and career support.

PREP (Planning, Resilience, Engagement, Professionalism) is MSU’s career and professional development model framed around four professional skills. It is designed to help you plan for a successful doctoral and postdoc experience and a smooth transition into your future career. The PREP model is organized around our career matrix, which allows you to plan according to where you are in your program or job search. For more information, visit

PhD Career Services is part of the MSU Graduate School and the Career Services Network that provides a variety of online resources, as well as workshops and one-on-one advising, to support the many paths graduate students and postdocs choose to pursue, including careers in universities, government, industry, and non-profits. Our website contains sections on career exploration, preparing for a variety of career paths, and the job search—including résumé, cover letter, and interviewing tips—as well as career resources for international students and LGBTQ students and information for employers and MSU PhD alumni. Visit

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