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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

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 )


PSM Programs: 343
PSM-Affiliated Institutions: 159

as of October 23, 2015

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