Professional Science Master Degrees

In summary, the conversation revolved around the Professional Science Master's degrees, specifically in the field of physics offered by USC and the University of Arizona. The participants were seeking first-hand experiences or comments on the quality and career prospects of these degrees in industry. The conversation also touched upon the concept of a professional science master's degree and its potential to become a prestigious degree in the science world. The Sloan Foundation has created a website to promote and support these types of programs, and there are currently many universities offering professional science master's degrees in various fields.
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Has anyone here had any experience with the Professional Science Masters degrees? See the link below:

http://www.sciencemasters.com"

I'm looking specifically at the physics degrees offered by USC and the University of Arizona.

I would appreciate any first-hand experience or comments heard regarding these degrees in terms of their quality and overall career prospects for people interested in industry.

Thanks.
 
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I have never heard of such a program before, so don't really know what to think about it or what the prospects of someone with such a degree would be. And, regardless of the quality of the program, that might be your major obstacle to using it to advance your career...if nobody knows what the degree is or the reputation of such programs, they might be skeptical of it when you're applying for jobs. We can see if others weigh in who have heard of it.
 
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From a little googling...

From the Chronicle...
http://chronicle.com/jobs/2003/06/2003061701c.htm
Reviving a 'Lesser' Degree in the Sciences (Tuesday, June 17, 2003)

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Michigan State and many other institutions around the country now offer "professional science master's degrees" for people who love science but can't see themselves taking the Ph.D. track. Instead of totally immersing themselves in a narrow field of research, students get a multidisciplinary education that typically includes courses in business and management. Many educators hope the professional science master's will soon become the M.B.A. of the science world, a prestigious degree that can take students to the upper reaches of industry and government.

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The Sloan Foundation has created a Web site about its professional science master's programs.
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a Web site points to http://www.sciencemasters.com/From the Sloan foundation...
http://www.sloan.org/programs/edu_careers.shtml
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Professional Science Master's Degrees
Michael Teitelbaum, Vice President
The goal of this program is to bring into being a new type of master's degree in the sciences that equips people for work outside academia. We seek to spur a significant movement in this direction through the support of exemplary efforts at selected US universities. Our focus is on Professional Science Master's degrees, heavily oriented toward coursework, requiring a full-time student two years to obtain. Success of these types of programs requires that they are aligned with the interests of both the faculty and students. Faculty must be committed and enthusiastic about the new programs. Preliminary indications show that strong job markets exist for the graduates.
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For information about all Sloan-supported MS programs, and for news about the growth of master's degrees in sciences, visit the website of the Sloan Science Master's Outreach Initiative, http://www.sciencemasters.com/.
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In 2000 and in 2001, the Foundation invited proposals for new "single-track" Professional Master's Degrees in Bioinformatics...
http://www.sloan.org/programs/pmd.shtml
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Here's a list of programs: http://www.sciencemasters.com/Default.aspx?tabid=58
 
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Related to Professional Science Master Degrees

What is a Professional Science Master Degree?

A Professional Science Master Degree (PSM) is a graduate degree program that combines advanced training in science or mathematics with professional skills development. It is designed to prepare students for careers in industry, government, or non-profit organizations.

What sets Professional Science Master Degrees apart from other graduate degrees?

Unlike traditional academic master's degrees, PSM programs focus on developing practical skills such as project management, communication, and leadership in addition to scientific knowledge. PSM graduates are highly sought after by employers for their well-rounded skill set.

What are the benefits of pursuing a Professional Science Master Degree?

PSM degrees offer a unique combination of in-depth scientific training and practical skills development, making graduates highly competitive in the job market. The programs also often include internships or industry partnerships, providing real-world experience and networking opportunities.

What types of industries or careers are best suited for Professional Science Master Degree holders?

PSM graduates have a wide range of career options, including roles in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, environmental consulting, data analytics, and more. The program's focus on practical skills makes it well-suited for careers in industry, government, and non-profit organizations.

How long does it take to complete a Professional Science Master Degree?

The length of a PSM program varies, but most can be completed in 1-2 years. Some programs may also offer part-time options for working professionals. The specific length will depend on the individual program and the student's course load.

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