Professional Science Masters (PSM)

The Professional Science Masters (PSM) is a new concentration option available to students pursuing an MS degree in chemistry. Our program has been approved for affiliation as a PSM degree by the PSM National Office. This concentration allows students to pursue advanced training in science while simultaneously developing professional skills valued by employers. Modeled on recommendations by the National Professional Science Master’s Association (NPSMA), there are three core curricular elements to the program:

  • Course content in chemistry and related STEM fields
  • Professional skills training
  • Experiential internship

The foundation of the program rests upon graduate-level chemistry courses; PSM students follow our standard MS course progression. A professional skills component, developed in conjunction with the ECU College of Business and Department of Psychology, is required and involves students taking at least three ‘PLUS’ courses from the following list:

  • ACCT 6241 – Financial and Managerial Accounting
  • ACCT 6521 – Accounting for Decision Making
  • MGMT 6102 – Comparative Management
  • MGMT 6802 – Organizational Behavior
  • OMGT 6123 – Quantitative Methods
  • OMGT 6333 – Project Management
  • FINA 6214 – Govt. Regulation of Business
  • PSYC 6343 – Organizational Behavior

Finally, an internship provides an experiential component where students demonstrate how they integrate the practical application of their scientific skills with their professional knowledge in a business setting. The internship is a defining feature of the PSM; projects with employers engage students in a real-world setting and inform the faculty how to tailor the curriculum to the employer’s needs.

Questions about this program?  Contact:
Dr. Anthony Kennedy, Director of Graduate Studies
591 Science and Technology Building  252-328-9767

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