There are numerous advantages and benefits of affiliating your PSM program with the Professional Science Master’s Initiative:
PSM Affiliation is a quality-control process administered by the PSM National Office to ensure a strong and distinctive PSM brand. The requirements to become an affiliated program are specified by a list of Guidelines. PSM degrees are interdisciplinary and provide science, business, and professional skills education that prepares graduates for employment in industry. 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.
Promotional Assistance and Branding
Affiliated members share best
practices, and solicit suggestions, through a number of meetings coordinated by
the PSM office, the CGS and the NPSMA:
Research and Advocacy for the PSM
If your program is interested in applying for PSM affiliation, please complete the Application for PSM Affiliation.
PSM Programs: 342PSM-Affiliated Institutions: 159
as of September 30, 2015
Full List of PSM Programs
"Branding and Marketing PSM Programs: How PSM Affiliation and NPSMA Membership Can Help." (Video Link)
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November 11, 2015
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