Graduate Student Coaching Program

Students enrolled in a Master's or Doctoral programs and Postdoctoral Scholars/Fellows will be offered the opportunity to receive professional coaching. This program will be offered to approximately 15-20 students/postdocs each session.


A trained coach partners with graduate students and postdocs in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.
We anchor the coaching in intentional change theory. Intentional change theory provides the foundation for optimal learning and development through a model of 5 discoveries, including:

  1. Discovering your Ideal Self
  2. Understanding your Real Self
  3. Creating a Learning Agenda
  4. Experimenting with New Behaviors and
  5. Leveraging Trusting Relationships

In your coaching process, you'll move clockwise around the model, spending time in each phase. As a trusted ally, your coach will help you to identify the underlying motivations that guide your behavior and will support you in making a plan for your development.

Coaches have volunteered their time to initiate this pilot program and each have been certified by the Weatherhead School of Management's Executive Education program in coaching.

Participants will be engaged in structured activities and self-reflection that will result in significant professional and personal development.


Please check back on this page in the future for updates regarding the next the coaching period.

  • The next coaching period is February - April 2022; application is available here beginning January 14th via Campus Groups. Deadline to apply is January 26, 2022.
  • To learn more view a online information session at (or
  • Each participant will engage in up to 3 individual coaching sessions during their coaching period.
  • Selected students must attend a Coaching Program Orientation luncheon
  • Students must apply for this limited-capacity program

To be eligible, you must not be currently participating in another coaching program or research study such as the PhD Progress Collective

This initiative is sponsored by the Office of Student Activities & Leadership and the Graduate Professional Development Center. For questions, please contact Colleen Barker-Williamson in the Office of Student Activities & Leadership, or call 216.368.2679.