Consider a PSM Degree

By Rajkamal Rao 

We have written extensively about the emphasis Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields get in the United States.  Leaders across the spectrum - Educators, Foundations, Business People and even Government - have recognized that the US is beginning to lose its lead in STEM fields.

We have also pushed hard on the concept that if a student is currently in a field that is not hot, he or she should consider recalibrating and retooling his/her campaign to improve chances of being successful in the United States.

Enter the Professional Science Masters (PSM) degree.  Introduced in 1997, this is a graduate degree designed to allow students to pursue advanced training in science or mathematics while simultaneously developing workplace skills in areas such as management, policy, or law.  There's a heavy emphasis on writing and communication skills, which are always in demand. Many programs include project management, team experience, a final project, and internships.

Recent graduates of Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree programs are reporting strong rates of employment and high income levels, according to the results of the third annual PSM Student Outcomes Survey released by the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS). The report tracks initial hiring trends and perceived satisfaction among graduates of PSM degree programs between 2010 and 2013.

Learn more about how the PSM degree evolved by clicking here.  NPSMA says that the following degrees are typically offered in a PSM program.

Industrial Microbiology
Human-Computer Interaction
Physics with Business Applications
Geo-Information Systems
Computational Chemistry
Environmental Risk Assessment
Quantitative Finance
Industrial Mathematics

To find a list of schools that offers the PSM degree, click here. Make sure you apply our Step 3 and Step 4 analyses as usual. 

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