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Initiative Updates

Find important and recent updates regarding the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s (PASSHE) Professional Science Master’s (PSM) Initiative. 


Through this initiative, PASSHE aims to:

  • Launch at least five PSM degree programs across PASSHE for the Fall 2012 semester.
  • Establish Employer Advisory Boards to:
    1. Advise program development
    2. Identify professional internships for program students
    3. Cultivate job opportunities for program graduates
The PSM Initiative began in 1997 with a series of grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to selected research universities to create graduates with more of an employer-orientation than traditional graduate degrees in science and mathematics.


PASSHE participants eagerly discuss plans for their
respective programs at the launch meeting held in February.
From left to right: Dr. Van Reidhead, East Stroudsburg;
Dr. Shixiong Hu, East Stroudsburg; Dr. Peter Hawkes,
East Stroudsburg; Dr. David White, Lock Haven;
Dr. Loretta Dickson, Lock Haven