Professional Development

Move Your Professional Development Forward

Beyond the coursework, research, and presentations, your graduate experience will aid in your growth and professional development. Through programs and events, the Graduate Studies faculty will help you identify potential areas for growth and develop skills in those areas, all while planning your next career move with a competitive advantage.

Begin your path toward success in your chosen field. Throughout the year, each graduate program identifies professional meetings, internships, and hands-on experiences for you to attend that will give you the knowledge needed to be positioned as an expert when you graduate.

Networking and Workshops

As the School of Graduate Studies continues to grow at Adrian College, students will have the opportunity to engage with like-minded peers through planned and informal gatherings, such as:

  • Graduate student social events
  • Networking events with community and industry leaders
  • Student success workshops
  • Professional planning workshops
  • Assistantship and internship opportunities

Contact the faculty in your graduate program for current opportunities.

Professional Memberships for Graduate Students

Looking to stay up-to-date on everything that’s happening in your field? Many professional organizations offer student memberships at a reduced rate. Below are just a few of the many choices available to explore.


The American Finance Association (AFA)
American Society of Women Accountants (ASWA)
Association for Financial Professionals, Inc. (AFP)
International Federation of Accountants (IFAC)

Athletic Training

National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA)

Business Administration

Academy of International Business (AIB)
American Business Women's Association (ABWA)
American Association of Executives (AAE)
American Management Association (AMA)
American Society of Association Executives (ASAE)
Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME)
Association of International Product Marketing and Management (AIPMM)
Business Professionals of America (BPA)
International Institute for Business Analytics (IIBA)
Production and Operation Management Society (POMS)

Criminal Justice

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
American Correctional Association (ACA)
American Jail Association (AJA)
American Society of Criminology
International Association for Identification (IAI)

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO)
International Literacy Association (ILA)
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST)
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)


The American Finance Association (AFA)
Association for Financial Professionals (AFP)
Financial Planning Association (FPA)
Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA)
The Institute of Financial Operations (IFO)
The National Association of Personal Financial Investors (NAPFA)
National Investors Relations Institute (NIRI)
Society for Financial Services Professionals (FSP)

Healthcare Administration

American Association of Healthcare Administration Management (AAHAM)
American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE)
American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA)
The National Association of Healthcare Access Management (NAHAM)

Higher Education Administration and Leadership

Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
American Association for Higher Education (AAHE)
American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)
American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)
American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)
American Association of University Administrators (AAUA)
Association for Orientation, Transition, Retention in Higher Education (NODA)
Association of American Universities (AAU)
Association for Institutional Research (AIR)
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB)
National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO)
National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU)
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA)

Sport Management

National American Society for Sport Management (NASSM)

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