Is a PSM for Me?

Why a Master’s degree?

  • Earning a master’s degree means that you will typically earn more money over the course of your career than individuals with bachelor’s degrees.
  • A master’s degree will allow you to play a substantial leadership role in the evolving knowledge economy of the 21st century.
  • Significantly less time is required to complete a master’s degree than a PhD degree.

 Why a Professional Science Master’s program?

  • Join an innovative graduate degree program designed to allow you to pursue advanced training and excel in science without a PhD, while simultaneously developing highly-valued business skills without an MBA.
  • Prepare for a science career in business, government, or nonprofit organization, where workforce needs are increasing.
  • Combine rigorous study in science with skills-based coursework in communication, leadership, finance, and project management.
  • Conduct a “real-world” internship in a business or public sector enterprise.
  • A Master of Professional Science (MPS) degree is a distinctive advanced degree for those intending to pursue a career in the practice of science.

Professional Science Master’s programs:

  • Prepare students for direct entry into a variety of career options in industry, business, or non-profit organizations.
  • Combine rigorous study in science or mathematics with coursework in workforce skills such as project management, communication, policy, or law.
  • Also emphasize written and verbal communication skills, leadership, and team-building required in professional settings.
  • Are multidisciplinary in nature and may be interdisciplinary as well.
  • Prepare students for high-level careers in science that have a strong emphasis on skill areas such as management, policy, and entrepreneurship.
  • Are unusually nimble in adjusting to shifting workforce demands and to rapidly changing research strategies and technologies
  • Have established advisory committees of local employers to ensure their curriculum is responsive to regional workforce needs.
  • Have a majority of program course work in graduate-level science and/or mathematics courses in one or more disciplines, a professional skills component, an active and engaged employer advisory board, and internships or problem-based projects sponsored by employers.