Professional Science Master's

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THE BIOLOGY DEPARTMENT now offers an innovative graduate degree option known as the Professional Science Master’s (PSM) program. The PSM is designed to allow students to pursue advanced training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics while simultaneously developing workplace skills that are highly valued by the life sciences workforce community.

The PSM program, which obtained final academic approval from the California State University Office of the Chancellor in July 2009, was three years in program development. Begun in 2006, the CSU PSM Initiative first completed an initial feasibility study which included a statewide and local industry-needs assessment, and a statewide student-interest survey. The positive outcome of the feasibility study resulted in a three-year award of $1.365 million from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to help advance PSM programs on 14 CSU campuses (including SF State) — making the CSU the largest statewide higher education system to launch PSM degree programs on multiplecampuses.

The program, formally affiliated with the Council of Graduate Schools and the National PSM Association, plans to admit its first class of graduate students in Fall 2010. The core curriculum will include two years of interdisciplinary training in science, technology and business, along with research or industry internships that will prepare graduates for diverse professional careers in biomedical and biotechnology industries, business corporations, government and non-profit organizations. Students enrolled in the PSM in Stem Cell Science will participate in the newly awarded stem cell student-training program.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Lily Chen, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of the PSM Program, worked with Bay Area life science industry leaders to develop two new PSM degree concentrations in Biotechnology and Stem Cell Science.

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