Professional Science Master's

Your Future Starts Here

The PSM is an innovative graduate degree designed to allow you to pursue advanced training and excel in science without a Ph.D., while simultaneously developing highly-valued business skills without an MBA. PSM programs prepare you 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.

What You’ll Learn
Most PSM programs are interdisciplinary. Physics majors may wish to study physics entrepreneurship, health physics, or nanoscale physics, while microbiology students might choose a PSM in food safety, microbial systems analysis, or industrial microbiology. Additionally, PSM students learn career search skills, and some interact from their first day on campus with local business and public sector employers, who act as advisors to their program. It is this close cooperation with local employers that guarantees that the skills and subject matter taught are cutting edge and relevant.

Learn about the PSM from
fellow students.
Examples of PSM program fields:
  • Bioinformatics
  • Computational Chemistry
  • Forensic Science
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Industrial Mathematics
  • Industrial Microbiology
  • Microbial Biotechnology
  • Physics with Business Applications
  • Quantitative Finance
  • More Programs

Where PSM Graduates Work

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. View a list of companies that sponsor or employ PSM graduates.

Resources for Students

This section contains resources of interest to potential PSM students, specifically promotional flyers detailing the numerous benefits of a PSM degree and a reproducible post card aimed at encouraging students interested in mathematics or science to continue their education past a bachelor’s degree and earn a Professional Science Master's.

Find a PSM Program Near You

You can search for PSM programs by institution, region, or program field to find a program that meets your educational and professional goals. You can also use the PSM Locations Map. Identify programs of interest and the program web pages to learn more about each unique program, including application requirements, coursework, and job opportunities for graduates.


PSM Programs: 347
PSM-Affiliated Institutions: 161

as of January 26, 2016

Full List of PSM Programs


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