Professional Science Master's Program

Professional Science Master's Degree Program

The California State University (CSU) has initiated a systemwide program that currently makes the prestigious Professional Science Master's (PSM) available through 22 programs in 17 campuses. The PSM programs result in the awarding of master's of science degrees and prepare students for science and mathematics careers in business, government, or non-profit organizations in which workforce needs are increasing rapidly.

The national concern with economic competitiveness and with the nation's ability to remain at the leading edge makes the PSM programs and their degree holders particularly significant. These programs are aimed at preparing skilled professionals for the economic sectors that are leading the nation's global innovativeness.

PSM programs combine graduate study in science or mathematics with coursework in management, policy, or law, and result in the awarding of a master of science degree. They include an internship in a corporate or public sector position. These internships frequently lead to paid employment, and PSM graduates have median starting salaries in the private sector that approach $70,000.

What's New

Enrollment in professional science master's programs increased 23% between fall 2010 and fall 2013. There was an 85% increase in the number of PSM degrees awarded between 2009/10 and 2011/12. Data from Council of Graduate Schools

NPSMA Workshop

Announcing the April 10-11, 2014 NPSMA Workshop in Lafayette, CA on "Workforce Challenges and Opportunities in the Food and Agriculture Industries."