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Benefits of PSM Affiliation

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Quality Assurance

PSM Affiliation is a quality-control process administered by the Commission on Affiliation of PSM Programs to ensure a strong and distinctive PSM brand. Professional accreditation, certification or related processes often emerge to maintain quality and organizations are established to re-visit academic programs on a regular basis to ensure compliance. However, PSMs are not typically aligned with any profession that requires licensing or specific accreditation. The high degree of variability for PSM programs does not warrant such strict accreditation and our affiliation process is considered a much lower barrier-to-entry than accreditation. A review committee is assembled to review an affiliation application for each PSM program on a 5-year cycle. These reviews are performed remotely and no site visit is held.

Benefits of a PSM affiliation

Promotional Assistance and Branding

Listing on The PSM Commission is the sole administrator of the well-known domain, which averages nearly 4,000 visitors per month and is the central resource for students interested in applying to a PSM.

Use of the PSM Logo

Affiliated programs may use the official PSM logo on their website and have access to all promotional materials. Representing the registered certification mark “PSM,” the PSM logo assures students, employers, academics, policy makers, and others that the program has met quality assurance criteria established by a National Advisory Board. It brands the program as part of the larger PSM initiative.

Promotional Flyers

The Commission on Affiliation of PSM Programs and NPSMA have developed promotional flyers about the PSM - one directed toward students, one for employers, and one for policy makers (e.g. legislators). You can download these flyers and/or we can provide the InDesign templates if you want to personalize the flyers to your program.

Joint Recruitment

The Commission on Affiliation of PSM Programs , the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), and the National Professional Science Master’s Association (NPSMA) promote joint student recruitment by collaboratively promoting the PSM initiative, sponsoring regional and national conferences, and securing exhibit space at appropriate national meetings.

Consultative Meetings

Affiliated members share best practices, and solicit suggestions, through a number of meetings coordinated by the PSM office, the CGS and the NPSMA:

  • NPSMA regional and national meetings

  • CGS Summer Workshop and CGS Annual Meeting Sessions

  • Regional CGS affiliate meetings

  • Monthly phone calls for PSM Initiative leadership and for Systemwide, Statewide, and Regional PSM leadership

  • Research and Advocacy for the PSM



The PSM Commission and the CGS conduct research on best practices related to the PSM and posts best practice information on .

  • Presentations: The PSM office promotes the PSM through presentations at a meeting of appropriate national and regional associations.

  • Advocacy: The Commission on Affiliation of PSM Programs is working to expand the PSM initiative through a number of avenues:

  • Promoting the PSM inside the graduate dean community through national and regional meetings, and promoting the PSM within the higher education committee generally;

  • Working with administrators and faculty at the university and system-wide level to develop new PSM programs;

  • Working with higher education administrators and legislators to develop and enhance PSM programs state-wide;

  • Promoting the PSM within federal government agencies to help assure that employers have access to a STEM workforce educated to support American competitiveness;

  • Advocating for recognition and federal support for the PSM in Washington, D.C., as part of the national competitiveness agenda.