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Guidelines

  1. The institution must be accredited by a regional accrediting association, or in the case of international applicants, a recognized organization or appropriate governing body that accredits or recognizes institutions of higher learning.

  2. A program must have stated goals and learning outcomes appropriate to the particular degree.

  3. The total number of credits must be at least equivalent to the minimal number required for a master’s degree at the institution.

  4. Programs must include the following three components:

    1. a majority of the course content in the natural sciences, technology, engineering, mathematics and/or computational sciences. The determination of “majority” may be based on the number of credits in #3 above, but in that case additional explanation is required (see FAQ for examples);
    2. a professional skills component must be developed in consultation with leaders from the targeted industry, business, government, or non‐profit organizations; and
    3. an experiential component that must include at least one capstone project, supervised collaboratively by faculty and employers, evaluated or graded by faculty and typically developed with an employer(s), which integrates the practical application of scientific and professional knowledge, behavior, and skills. The experiential component typically includes a structured internship and provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate proficiency in written and oral communication skills.

  5. Program quality assurance must be provided using the faculty‐based mechanisms normally used by the institution for graduate programs in order to ensure that the program is fully integrated into the academic offerings of the institution and that it is sustainable over time.

  6. An active and engaged advisory board of leaders from industry, business, government, or non‐profit organizations is required.

  7. The program must collect annual data relative to enrollment, degrees, completion, and demographics; and the employment history of graduates should be tracked to help assess program outcomes.

In unique cases, exceptions may be considered when a compelling rationale is provided. In cases in which it is not clear whether a proposed PSM program meets the Guidelines, an independent PSM Affiliation Review Committee will conduct a secondary review of the program application.

A separate application form is required for each program, track, or concentration within a discipline.