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Millersville University

Master's of Science (M.S.) Integrated Scientific Applications

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College of Graduate and Professional Studies

Department of ​Earth Sciences

Proposed Start Date: Fall 2012

​The challenges of the 21st century demand professionals with a combination of scientific acumen and business savvy.  today, problems are more complex and demand holistic solutions that often cross multiple disciplines.  From the corporate board room to the local town hall meeting, science, communicated in a manner appropriate to business leaders, policy-makers, organizational and financial managers, and the general public, is helping to inform and yield better decisions.  In this energy-climate-information era, there will always be opportunity for a knowledgeable, scientifically astute, technically-competent workforce that can create, extract, manage, and interpret information from the fire-hose of data, and translate that information into substantive value for their employers or constituents.  The M.S. in Integrated Scientific Applications capitalizes on this emerging opportunity through a curriculum that marries scientific underpinning in a specialization with core courses in business, strategic and organizational management, finance and accounting, information processing, statistical applications, and geospatial information systems.  As a student in this program, you will be prepared to meet these challenges and forge meaningful careers that will be at the forefront of workforce needs well into the future.

The overarching goal of this program is to create a curriculum that will provide the transdisciplinary marriage between science content, methods and tools for information analysis, and management and policy skills necessary for careers in business, industry, commerce, and government.  Millersville University is nationally recognized for its programs of distinction in the sciences.

The objectives of the PSM-ISA include:

  1. Preparing scientifically astute, technologically proficient, business-wise professionals who are ready for the challenges of the "energy-climate-data era" and can bring value and leadership to their organization;
  2. Providing a cost-effective, efficient alternative to traditional M.S. programs in targeted specializations corresponding to our strengths and targeted employment sectors;
  3. Creating a sustainable academic and administrative infrastructure for which there is institutional commitment;
  4. Providing students with authentic workforce environments; with research experiences and professional training through field apprenticeships (internships) with partner businesses, industries, and others through applications-based research with faculty mentors engaged in extramurally-funded projects.

What are the career prospects?

​This degree will serve as the academic and administrative canopy for building specializations in a number of areas including:

  • Environmental Systems Management (ES)
  • GeoInformatics (GI)
  • Weather Intelligence and Risk Management (WIRM)
  • Climate Science Applications (CSA)
  • Others based on emerging workforce needs.

Some potential or existing industry partners include the following:

  • Weather sensitive business and industry
  • Commerce and trade
  • The private-sector weather enterprise
  • Federal, state, and local governments
  • Policy organizations
  • Commodities markets

Is the Master's of Science (M.S.) Integrated Scientific Applications for me?

​A student applying for admission to the MSISA program must possess an earned BA or BS from an accredited institution.  We anticipate that the majority of applicants will have an undergraduate major in a science or in mathematics.  However, we encourage applications from those with degrees outside the sciences (e.g. business management, information technology, accounting, etc.) who have evidence of a strong underpinning in a scientific discipline.  A minimum GPA of 2.75/4.0 is required, as well as evidence of strong written and oral communication skills and computer skills necessary to participate in technology-enhanced and/or online courses.

For more information, please contact:

​Victor DeSantis, PhD
Dean, Graduate & Professional Studies

Robert T. Smith, PhD
Dean, School of Science and Mathematics

Richard Clark, PhD
Chair, Earth Science