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PSM Initiative

June 2015: A Degree of Uncommon Success (Chronicle of Higher Education) 

September 2014: Comments on A Strategy for American Innovation (American Council on Education) 

May 2014: 10 Years of PSMs - Meeting Employers' Needs in North Carolina (UNC PSMs) 

March 2014: A Degree Where Techie Meets Business Smarts (The New York Times) 

February 2014: Many Students Turning to Professional Science Master's Programs (U.S. News) 

January 2014: Upward Trends Continue in Professional Science Master's Enrollment and Degrees (CGS Press Release)

October, 2013: Recent Professional Science Master's Graduates Find Employment (Inside Higher Ed)

March, 2013: Focus on Job Skills With a Professional Master's Degree (U.S. News)

August 2012: The Case for Professional Science Master's Degrees (BioScience)

May 2012: PSM Transition (CGS GradEdge)

January 25, 2012: Keck Graduate Institute selected to administer PSM Affiliation process (CGS Press Release)

January 21, 2012: Big Data and Data Scientists -- It's An Issue Of Degree(s) (Forbes)

January 18, 2012: Enrollment Up in Professional Science Master's Programs (Inside Higher Ed)

December 12, 2011: First Professional Science Master's graduates are finding jobs (Illinois News Bureau)

December 11, 2011: UNC Charlotte launching graduate health-informatics degree: Master’s program will be the first of its kind among N.C. universities (Charlotte Business Journal)

November 2011: History of the PSM (CGS Communicator)

November 24, 2011: Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering Facility to Open on December 2011 (AZoNano - The A to Z of Nanotechnology)

November 16, 2011: Where Science, Business Collide: New master’s degree programs address employer demand for more science and math knowledge. (Connection Newspapers)

November 2011: Automation of System-wide PSM Program Management, Advertising, Professional Skills Assessment, Academic Planning, and Electronic Mentoring (CGS Communicator)

November 2011: Notre Dame's Gary Lamberti Discusses Freshwater Crisis at Annual Hesburgh Lecture (Sacred Heart University Press Release)

August/September 2011: Enrollment and Degrees in Professional Science Master’s Programs (CGS Communicator)

September 2011: PSM degree is the MBA of the science world (Chicago Tribune)

July 22, 2011: The Master’s as the New Bachelor’s (The New York Times)

June 29, 2011: Aligning Higher Education STEM Production with Workforce Demand through Professional Master’s Degrees (BHEF Issue Brief)

May 13, 2011: More local schools adding professional science degree: NU, UMass and WPI offerings help students fill company roles more quickly (Boston Business Journal - subscription required)

April 20, 2011: Education: Rethinking PhDs (Nature)

March 10, 2011: Why American innovation will beat out China's (CNN)

January 26, 2011: The other path: The professional science master's degree is growing in popularity but is losing its initial funding. Can it survive? (Nature)

December 26, 2010: A Master’s for Science Professionals Sweeps U.S. Schools (The New York Times)

December 2010: Professional Science Master’s Project Enters New Phase (CGS Press Release)

December 7, 2010: Business-Higher Education Forum Receives Funding from Sloan Foundation to Bolster Professional Science Master’s Programs: Will advocate for greater employer support and collaboration with universities (Business-Higher Education Forum)

December 2010: ITIF Report Challenges Conventional Thinking on STEM Education 
Albert Einstein famously defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. That adage might be apt for so much of the prevailing thinking on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. While we know that U.S. students are lagging in these areas compared to students in many other countries and that the United States is at risk for losing its innovation edge in critical industries, we seem determined to devote even more resources to the same formulas for STEM education that have been in place for close to 40 years. In a provocative new report, ITIF President Rob Atkinson and education expert Dr. Merrilea Mayo challenge our assumptions about STEM education and argue that reforms are urgently needed to transform STEM education from high school to graduate school. (The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation)

December 2010: A new model Master's: Students torn between the worlds of business and physics may soon have fresh options thanks to a novel hybrid course gaining popularity in the US (Journal of Physics, this article originally appeared in the June 2010 issue of Physics World)

November, 2013: Guide to Professional Science Master's (Scientific American)

October 29, 2010: Successful Biotech Leaders Integrate Science, Biz Skills (BioWorld Today)

April 2014: A Degree and Job Skills Too (U.S. News) 

October 7, 2010: The PSM (Lab Manager Magazine)

October 7, 2010: Biorefining U: University-led programs answer a growing demand for biobased education (Biorefining Magazine)

October 2010: PSM Recognition Project: Stakeholders Recommend Principles and Criteria for PSM Program Recognition (CGS Communicator)

September 10, 2010: Needed: Support for Professional Science Master's Degrees (IEEE - USA Today's Engineer)

September 7, 2010: Number of Universities Offering PSM Programs Surpasses 100 Number of PSM programs tops 200 (CGS Press Release)

August 15, 2010: Needed: Support for Professional Science Master's Degrees (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

August 2010: Professional Master’s Education: Increasing numbers of students are getting professional master's degrees in the biosciences, preparing them for jobs in the nation's tech-based workforce (ASBMB Today)

June 18, 2010: Career Advice: Professional Science Master's Degrees (Science Careers)

May 2010: Training Physics Professionals for the Nonacademic Workforce (APS News)

May 2010: Integrating Professional Abilities and Interaction with Employers in an Outcomes Assessment Plan: An Example from Professional Science Master’s Programs (CGS Communicator)

April 6, 2010: Oklahoma EDGE Fund exec seeks oversight commission (Dolan Media Newswires, as printed in the Journal Record Legislative Report)

February 17, 2010: Graduation Gaps for Science Majors (Inside Higher Ed)

February 8, 2010: Skills For Success: Pharma firms are seeking adaptable scientists with the aptitudes to meet new business needs (Chemical & Engineering News)

January 2010: Is Graduate School for You? (The Mathematical Association of America)

January 2010: Science and Engineering Indicators provides quantitative insight into the breadth, quality, and vitality of the U.S and international science and engineering enterprises. The accompanying sidebar in the higher education chapter of the 2010 report describes why the PSM was developed and details its rapid growth. (National Science Board, 2010. Science and Engineering Indicators 2010. Arlington, VA: National Science Foundation (NSB 10-01)

December 9, 2009: Value of the PSM mentioned at a recent AAAS conference focusing on young scientists from the nation’s historically black colleges and universities (AAAS)

December 2009: Highlights of the Sixth Biennial Meeting of Professional Science Master’s Program Leaders (CGS Communicator)

November 6, 2009: Promoting Professional Science Master’s Degrees (Inside Higher Ed)

November 2009: Affiliation as a Professional Science Master's (PSM) Program (CGS Communicator)

September 2, 2009: The New York Times publishes letter from the Chair of the CGS PSM Advisory Board(The New York Times letter)

August 2009: Investing in STEM to Secure Maryland’s Future (Final Report of the Governor’s STEM Task Force mentioning the PSM. presented to Governor Martin O’Malley)

July 2009: Professional Science Master’s Update: The Internship Component (CGS Communicator)

July 3, 2009: Taken for Granted: An Alternative to the Ph.D. Track (Science Careers)

June 20, 2009: Professional master's in science is 21st century MBA (ScienceNews)

May 2009: A master's degree with a business spin gains popularity (Nature Medicine - sub. req.)

May 4, 2009: Needed: Professional Research Technicians: Government Funding Is Up, But Professionalism Still Suffers (Science Progress - Center for American Progress)

April 1, 2009: The Professional Science Master's: The MBA for Science (BioScience)

March 27, 2009: Professional Science Master’s: Programs Merit Wider Support (Science Magazine)

March 6, 2009: Taken for Granted: Shovel-Ready Science (Science Careers)

Winter 2009: So You Want to Work in Business?: Consider A Professional Science Master’s Degree(Association for Women in Science)

Winter/Spring 2009: The Professional Science Master’s Degree: An Integrated Interdisciplinary Degree for Scientists (SACNAS News)

February 14, 2009: AAAS: The New Masters of Science (ScienceNews)

February 10, 2009: Universities adjusting to meet new demands: More degree options becoming available based on shifts in employment landscape (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

January 2009: The M.A. in Applied Archaeology and Current Trends in Graduate Education (The SAA Archaeological Record)

December 2008: Establishing a Model Professional Science Master’s Initiative for Veterans (CGS Communicator)

October 13, 2008: But Can They Write A Memo?: Professional group based at WPI looks to ready scientists (Worcester Business Journal)

October 1, 2008: Masters of professional science (Nature Jobs)

September 5, 2008: Taken for Granted: Fitting the Job Market to a T (Science Careers)

August/September 2008: Developing Professional Science Master’s Programs in Partnerships with Industry (CGS Communicator)

August 8, 2008: CSU Stanislaus geneticist Janey Youngblom achieves national certification (California State University-Stanislaus)

August 1, 2008: Graduate Programs that Prepare for NonResearch Careers: New Views on the Master's Degree in Science (Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News)

July 23, 2008: National Academies Panel Endorses Professional Master’s Degree (Nature Jobs)

July 21, 2008: Support for Masters of Science: Professional Science Master's Degree Programs are Vital and Must be Funded, NRC Report States (Chemical & Engineering News)

July 14, 2008: Scientists for a New Age (Inside Higher Education)

July 14, 2008: National Research Council Supports Professional Master's Degrees (The Chronicle of Higher Education - Subscription Required)

July 11, 2008: Science Professionals: Master’s Education for a Competitive World (National Research Council)

June 16, 2008: Masters of Industry: Professional science master's programs take root (Chemical & Engineering News)

June 6, 2008: Taken for Granted: Over Here (Science Careers)

April 17, 2008: New graduate-degree concept combines business with science (News Bureau, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

March 7, 2008: Mastering the Job Market (Science Careers)

February 2008: PSM Program Assessment from All Perspectives (CGS Communicator)

January 28, 2008: Area Schools Heed Science Industry's Warning: PSM Degree Programs Aim to Produce Business-Savvy Workforce to Keep U.S. Tech Sector Competitive (The Washington Post)

January 2008: Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2008 (CGS)

October 2007: The role of the PSM in physics education? (Donald Langenberg's response to Leo Kadanoff)

September/October 2007: Science Professional Skills = Formula for Success!!! (in Chemistry, American Chemical Society)

August 1, 2007: Final Competitiveness Legislation Authorizes Support for Professional Science Master’s programs at NSF

March 2007: The 2007 State New Economy Index: Benchmarking Economic Transformation in the State  - Excerpt on the PSM (Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation)

March 2007: The Changing MBA - Employers have their say (The Greentree Gazette)

PSM "Press Hits" from October 2006 – January 2007 (PDF)

January 27, 2007: A degree of professionalism - There's a growing career path for students who like science, but don't want to be academics (NatureJobs, sub. req.)

January 3, 2007: Tech pros to improve worth with people skills (Tucson Citizen)

April/May 2006: Legisbrief: The Professional Science Master's Degree (National Conference of State Legislatures)

PSM "Press Hits" from July – September 2006 (PDF)

April 2006: CGS Launches Expanded Professional Science Master’s Initiative (CGS Communicator)

PSM Programs

April 24, 2013: First at Ohio State: Master's in Plant Health Management Receives Professional Certification (OSU Extension)

January 20, 2012: S.F. State program links science, business (San Francisco Business Times)

May 20, 2011: The Frontline of Professional Science Master's (CSU)

April 26, 2011: Grant provides funding for Climate Science and Solutions program (Northern Arizona News)

March 16, 2011: University of Idaho’s new professional science masters (Down to Earth NW)

March 8, 2011: Unique option for advanced degree in science: Professional Science Master’s Program being offered as an alternative graduate degree (The Daily Evergreen)

March 4, 2011: Masters of Professional Science Gives Students Competitive Advantage: Marine Conservation, Coastal Management, Marine Mammal Science, Aquaculture among offerings that can be completed in 12–18 months (University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School)

March 2, 2011: New RSMAS degree masters training (The Miami Hurricane)

February 16, 2011: Gaining a competitive edge: Master's program to help train workers in natural resources and environmental science (Argonaut - University of Idaho)

February 4, 2011: California State University Leads National Effort to Expand Professional Science Master's Program: Sloan Foundation Grant and National Association of System Heads to help universities develop graduate degrees (CSU)

January 27, 2011: The Science Behind the CSU (CSU)

January 13, 2011: Bayer donates $1M in lab equipment to Sacramento State (Sacramento Business Journal)

December 23, 2010: Rutgers Professional Science Master's Program: Science Meets Business (posted on YouTube)

December 21, 2010: First students in Professional Science Master's Program graduate from the U of I(ACES News - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

December 20, 2010: RIT Offers Master’s in Environmental Forecasting, Disaster Preparedness and Response: Specialty training enhances three existing graduate programs (RITNEWS)

December 19, 2010: The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey graduates 858 students(

December 8, 2010: Sloan Grant Expands Program (eNews at UMass Lowell)

November 30, 2010: Professional Master’s Program a Boon to Connecticut Tech Industry (UConn Today)

November 19, 2010: CI receives Amgen scholarship for Biotechnology and Bioinformatics (Ventura County Star)

November 19, 2010: CI receives Amgen scholarship for Biotechnology and Bioinformatics (CSU Channel Islands Press Release)

November 19, 2010: Now hear this: Veterans, others sought for key biotech fields: Across this BRIDGE, San Diego State, partners provide paths for unemployed to land positions (CSU)

November 15, 2010: Sloan supports advanced science and business education for New York (SUNY Oswego Press Release)

October 24, 2010: CollegeBound: Grad school or bust (Omaha World-Herald)

October 15, 2010: TBTF announces nominees for restructured awards (Tampa Bay Business Journal)

September 27, 2010: MTSU graduate program, acclaimed as 'National Model,' receives Academic Excellence Award (

September 17, 2010: Sustainable Development & Climate Change Concentration OKed as Professional Science Master's Degree: AUNE offers first PSM program in NH (Antioch University New England Press Release)

September 15, 2010: Native grassland being tended to in Cedar Falls (

September 14, 2010: New biotech master's combines science, business (SF State News)

September 13, 2010: New science master's program at CSUMB (The Salinas Californian)

September 7, 2010: Education to Meet Industry Needs: Biotech Program Benefits Students, Employers(Inside CSUF)

August 19, 2010: CI Receives Amgen Scholarship Donation (Ventura County Star)

July 14, 2010: UGA receives $700,000 NSF Grant to Create Master's in Biomanufacturing (GeorgiaBio - Press Release)

July 14, 2010: Council of Graduate Schools approves 14 University of Massachusetts Professional Science Master's (PSM) options including Biotechnology and Biomedical Engineering (Massachusetts Biotechnology Council)

July 14, 2010: UMES receives grant near $700K for science program (The Daily Times -

July 14, 2010: New UMES Programs to Boost Minority Presence in Ecology, Urban Forestry (HBCU Digest)

July 7, 2010: Illinois offers Professional Science Master's in Technical Systems Management (ACES News - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

May 13, 2010: College Offers First Professional Science Master’s Program (Buffalo State - The Bulletin)

April 13, 2010: UD launches Professional Science Master's programs in biotechnology, bioinformatics to meet workforce needs (UDaily)

April 2010: Professional Mentoring Program: A Novel Approach for Industry-Academe Synergy (DE Oracle @ UMUC)

December 3, 2009: PSM, BEST are us at our best (Lake Oswego Review)

November 23, 2009: Skull yields its evidence in a CLAS lab (University of Connecticut)

October 11, 2009: UCF partners with Embry: Universities create joint grad program (Central Florida Future)

May 5, 2009: Professional Science Master’s program graduates first two students May 9 (University News - Appalachian State University)

March 25, 2009: U of I offering new bioenergy degree (The Register Mail)

March 24, 2009: New master's degree would focus on energy, fuels (

March 20, 2009: University of Illinois Offers MS Degree in Bioenergy at College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (BioFuels Journal)

March 19, 2009: $1.7 million grant will prepare stem cell researchers (SF State News)

January 2009: PSM Alumni Profiles from Oregon State University (Oregon State University website)

January 2009: Science Plus Business: Introducing the Illinois Professional Science Master's (Online presentation from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

December 11, 2008: OSU among leaders for new science master’s degree bursting onto national scene(LIFE@OSU)

November, 2008: Professional Science Masters degrees gaining national interest (

September 11, 2008: UMUC Grant Targets Postsecondary Education (The Washington Post)

June 24, 2008: CSU Receives Grant from Sloan Foundation to Support Professional Science Master’s Programs: The $474,000 award is second grant in a three year period. (CSU)

May 27, 2008: Biotechnology Program earns national designation: Professional Science Master's (USF Health Communications)

May 9, 2008: Cream of the crop sprouts from GVSU's new Professional Science master's Program(GVNow - Grand Valley State University)

December 10, 2007: An Express Lane to Careers in Proteomics And Genomics: Master's program produces graduates with industry-specific skills biotech employers seek (Chemical & Engineering News)

May 2007: New master's degree program cross-trains scientists for business world (Western Carolina University)

May 2007: The 2007 State New Economy Index (PSM Excerpt)

May 3, 2007: KGI Cross-Trains Biotech’s Future Leaders  (Signals Magazine)

March 2007: The inside track from academia and industry: Translating science into business (Nature)

December 17, 2006: NEW DEGREE: CSU to offer science master's degree (San Francisco Chronicle)

December 15, 2006: CCST Report Helps CSU Launch New Graduate Science Programs (California Council on Science and Technology)

December 13, 2006: Council of Graduate Schools Applauds California State University’s Plans to Launch Professional Science Master’s Programs (CGS Press Release)

December 12, 2006: California State University to launch 16 new graduate science programs (CSU )