Professional Development

The Professional Development course will provide admitted Brock School of Business (not pre-business) students the opportunity to:

  • Participate in a variety of co-curricular events that will enhance professional development.
  • Develop critical professional skills related to interviewing, networking, and communication.
  • Interact with industry professionals to gain important industry knowledge and career skills.

The Brock School of Business Professional Development Course is a series of activities and events scheduled throughout the academic year that focuses on building career skills.  The objective of the course is to engage students in a variety of co-curricular events that will enhance professional development. After gaining admission to the Brock School of Business, students must attend a total of 10 events approved by the Dean’s Office to earn one credit hour. Prerequisite: Admission to the Brock School of Business. Offered: Fall and Spring.

Professional Development Events


What is it?

A vehicle for exposing our admitted Brock School of Business students to relevant speakers and other worthwhile developmental activities to enhance their educational experience at the Brock School. While all Brock School of Business students may attend Professional Development events, they only count towards the course once a major has been declared.

Who participates?

Professional Development Credits can only begin to accumulate once a student has been admitted (not pre-business) into the Brock School.

How many events do students need?

10 to successfully pass the Professional Development course and graduate.

What counts as an event?

Approved events, speakers, sessions, conferences, etc. that develop student understanding about important business topics.

How are events approved?

All requests come to the Director of Professional Success for initial review. After initial review, the offering is submitted to UEPC for final approval.

What if I take students to a three day conference on Topic X, shouldn’t that count as Y # of PDPs?

All "events" count as one credit, unless otherwise determined through committee evaluation.

Can an event count as a convo credit and PDP simultaneously?

Yes, but not always. Convo has a separate approval process. Some events will ONLY be for Professional Development Credits, others will count for Convo and Professional Development.

Who will keep track of student involvement?

Academic Programs Office Assistant will be responsible for tracking student activity. Like Convo, students will be able to see their balances online. The Undergraduate Programs Office will also have access to student progress. Like Convo, scanners will be used at events and students will be responsible for having their card at the event in order to receive credit for participation.

How many credits do I need?

Students must have 10 Professional Development Credits to graduate.