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Benefits of PSM Affiliation

There are numerous advantages and benefits of affiliating your PSM program with the Professional Science Master’s Initiative:

Quality Assuarance

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

  • Listing on The PSM Office is the sole administrator of the well-known domain, which averages nearly 4,000 visitors per month. The website features links to affiliated programs broken out alphabetically, regionally, and by field, as well as an interactive locations map, and is the central resource for students interested in applying to a PSM.
  • Use of the PSM Logo: Affiliated programs may use the official PSM logo on their website and have access to all promotional materials. Representing the registered certification mark “PSM,” the PSM logo assures students, employers, academics, policy makers, and others that the program has met quality assurance criteria established by a National Advisory Board. It brands the program as part of the larger PSM initiative.
  • Flyers: PSM Programs receive complimentary promotional flyers targeted towards three audiences: students, employers, and policy makers. Program directors may download these flyers and adapt them to their own programs.
  • Joint Recruitment: The PSM Office, the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), and the National Professional Science Master’s Association (NPSMA) promote joint student recruitment by collaboratively promoting the PSM initiative, sponsoring regional and national conferences, and securing exhibit space at appropriate national meetings.

Consultative Meetings

Affiliated members share best practices, and solicit suggestions, through a number of meetings coordinated by the PSM office, the CGS and the NPSMA:

  • NPSMA regional and national meetings
  • CGS Summer Workshop and CGS Annual Meeting Sessions
  • Regional CGS affiliate meetings
  • Monthly phone calls for PSM Initiative leadership and for Systemwide, Statewide, and Regional PSM leadership

Research and Advocacy for the PSM

  • Research: The PSM Office and the CGS conduct research on best practices related to the PSM and posts best practice information on
  • Presentations: The PSM office promotes the PSM through presentations at meeting of appropriate national and regional associations.
  • Advocacy: The PSM Office is working to expand the PSM initiative through a number of avenues:
    • Promoting the PSM inside the graduate dean community through national and regional meetings, and promoting the PSM within the higher education committee generally;
    • Working with administrators and faculty at the university and system-wide level to develop new PSM programs;
    • Working with higher education administrators and legislators to develop and enhance PSM programs state-wide;
    • Promoting the PSM within federal government agencies to help assure that employers have access to a STEM workforce educated to support American competitiveness;
    • Advocating for recognition and federal support for the PSM in Washington, D.C., as part of the national competitiveness agenda.

If your program is interested in applying for PSM affiliation, please complete the Application for PSM Affiliation.


PSM Programs: 343
PSM-Affiliated Institutions: 159

as of October 23, 2015

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