Professional Science Master's

The science of business

The business of science

Professional Science Master's (PSM) programs are innovative, interdisciplinary graduate degree programs that allow undergraduate students in science and math to receive advanced training while developing business and professional skills essential to the workplace.

Generally, students spend about two years in a chosen area of science or mathematics and complete business courses and acquire skills that are designed to meet the need for applied scientists, engineers, and mathematicians in industry and government. 

PSMs were created in 1998 with the support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and are designed to be a quicker and more economical way to earn graduate degrees in science. The PSM degree has many benefits, including higher starting salaries and diverse job prospects. 

PSM programs require about two years of study and include interdisciplinary training in more than one academic discipline.  Many students in PSM programs complete internships in business, industry, or government settings.  

PSM graduates work in industries such as:

  • bioinformatics
  • bioengineering
  • financial mathematics
  • computational science
  • geographical information systems
  • computational and neural systems
  • environmental risk management.

See the Arizona PSM brochure for further information 

Visit Arizona PSM Initiative website 

PSM Science Degrees:

Specialized Science Degrees:

Note: NAU specialized science degrees are closely aligned with the PSM national criteria; however, they are not currently affiliated with the national PSM initiative.

For more information about PSM degrees, please visit the following websites: