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Overview of the Professional Science Master's (PSM)

According to ScienceMaster's, "The Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree is an innovative two-year graduate degree designed to allow students to pursue advanced training and excel in science while simultaneously developing highly-valued business skills. PSM programs prepare students for science careers in business, government, or nonprofit organizations, where workforce needs are increasing. Programs are characterized by 'science-plus' combining rigorous study in science or mathematics with skills-based coursework in management, policy, or law. PSM programs emphasize writing and communication skills, and most require a final project or team experience, as well as a "real-world" internship in a business or public sector enterprise." 

 

     The Professional Science Master's Curriculum

Three components comprise this two year program:
 
Core Courses
 
Core courses will include coursework in a scientific or interdisciplinary area.  Each program will identify the specific courses that will prepare students to be professionals with advanced disciplinary knowledge within their field.
 
Professional Skills Component
 
Plus courses are designed to build practical and relevant professional business skills such as oral and written communication, leadership and team-building.  These courses will comprise approximately 30% of the overall coursework and will be identified system-wide.
 
Experiential Component
 
Internships are developed with employers in order to provide professional experience as well as present future career opportunities.  The internship component will be a semester or summer long course experience of six graduate credits, whereby each student is placed in a related science or technology industry that gains first-hand business and/or science training in an industry setting.  Each student's progress and performance will be evaluated and assessed at the end of the internship by the university as well as by the employer supervisor.