We can help you become a persuasive, effective leader. A stronger writer. An innovative entrepreneur. 

About us

  Based in the University of Saskatchewan College of Engineering

  Faculty are recognized experts in communication and technological innovation

  We offer formal credentials in three specialized areas of communication and in technological innovation

  Classes open to USask students and practising professionals

  On-demand courses available for workplaces

  Graham School advantages include: small class sizes; personal attention and feedback from our faculty; opportunities to hone your skills in class

Specialized Communication Certificates

We offer three separate, specialized certificates in professional communication. Each requires three classes. (They replace the Certificate in Professional Communication that requires six classes.)

Persuasive Communication (CPC-PC)

Learn the theory of persuasive communication, develop written and oral communication skills, and learn to communicate well as a leader and a team member. 

Leadership and Negotiation (CPC-LN)

Develop your skills in leadership and negotiation, and cultivate sound judgment as a communicator in professional practice.

Technical and Professional Writing (CPC-TPW)

Improve your professional writing skills for both general and scientific audiences.

Admission requirements and Deadlines

For information regarding the admission requirements and deadlines, check the U of S Admissions Page.

Applications are open for the upcoming intake. Applications will close in June for the Fall Term intake, and in November for the Winter Term intake.


Do you want to be a strategic communicator?

"The (certificate in professional communication) gave me the skills to communicate my vision."

Do you want to be more persuasive?

"Persuasion is about driving to that common understanding."

Do you want to be a stronger leader?

"The certificate in professional communication allowed me to explore different leadership styles, which made me both a better leader and a better team member." 

Do you want to be a more credible communicator?

"Credibility is a major cornerstone of professional relationships." 

Technological Innovation Certificate

Technological Innovation Certificate (TIC)

The TIC program introduces students to business fundamentals and the processes necessary to design and commercialize technologically innovative solutions. The program runs over two years. In this time you will gain the knowledge and skills needed to:

  • identify problems with good tech innovation opportunities;
  • design solutions to those problems, and
  • commercialize your innovative solution.

Admission requirements and Deadlines

For information regarding the admission requirements and deadlines, check the U of S Admissions Page.

Applications will open in June for the Fall Term.


Want to find your inner entrepreneur? 

"It starts from incubating an idea, to develop the skills and mindset to help grow it and pursue it."

Want to open more doors with your engineering degree? 

"What the technological innovation certificate allowed me to do is see the broader spectrum of what an engineer is."

Do you want to capitalize on your curiosity? 

"Curiosity allows us to approach problems in new and unique ways."

Do you want to be a stronger collaborator? 

"In the broad sense, collaboration enables success."

SIGMA 2023

SIGMA is an award-winning program that helps USask students hone their entrepreneurial skills. You bring your proof-of-concept or ready-to-market technology to SIGMA (Saskatchewan Innovation, Growth & Market Acceleration) and we will help you fully develop its potential. 

Applications will open soon for the 2023 edition. 

Public Speaking Competition

Kaitlin Olmsted won the 2022 speech competition.

Each year, the Ron and Jane Graham School of Professional Development hosts a speech competition that is open to all students who have completed RCM 200 or RCM 300. 

WHEN: March 8, 2023 at 6 pm

WHERE: Health Sciences 1150

WHO: All students who have completed RCM 200 or RCM 300

To submit your entry or get more information, please contact the school at graham.school@usask.ca 


On-demand professional development

We offer a range of professional development to organizations beyond the university. Our expertise includes:

  • Leadership
  • Design and creativity
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Communication

On demand training: Communication skills for professionals

This is a series of courses that will help teams enhance their communication skills. Three modules (9 hours each) provide a comprehensive introduction to the theory and practice of persuasive communication, managing writing situations, and effective public speaking.  

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