What is a PSM program?

Employers are looking for professionals who possess technical expertise as well as business fundamentals, project management, team-building, and communication skills.  By enrolling in a Professional Science Master’s program, you can acquire these desired work skills and gain an advantage in today’s increasingly competitive job market.

Professional Science Master’s Programs

  • Emphasize written and verbal skills, leadership, and team building
  • Include project or team experience, as opposed to thesis
  • Provide connections to potential employers through internships
  • Can accommodate working professionals

What is a Master of Professional Science (MPS) degree?

The MPS is an innovative graduate degree earned from a Professional Science Master’s program at UNC-Chapel Hill.  It is designed to allow students to pursue advanced training and excel in science without a Ph.D., while simultaneously developing highly-valued business skills without an MBA. An MPS degree prepares students for science careers in business, government, or nonprofit organizations, where workforce needs are increasing. Programs combine rigorous study in science or mathematics with skills-based coursework in management, policy, or law. A “real-world”internship in a business or public sector enterprise is required.

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Who hires PSM program graduates?

Employers of recent PSM graduates in the biosciences range from large, multinational pharmaceutical companies to newer biotechnology companies. Graduates with an interest in intellectual property and technology transfer are working with the federal government or for university technology transfer operations, while financial mathematics graduates are popular hires for banks, brokerage houses, and the insurance industry. Forensic chemists are finding exciting opportunities with state and local forensic laboratories. Regardless of the employment sector, PSM graduates are finding exciting, well-compensated careers.

Where can I find additional information?

Learn more about the PSM initiative.