Program Curriculum


The Professional Master of Science and Technology program is fundamentally a science and/or mathematics degree; students in the program take approximately the same number of graduate-level science and mathematics courses as traditional Master of Science programs require. However, the PMST program is NOT a research degree; students are not required to complete a thesis. Instead of a research requirement, PMST students take courses in other professional domains and skill sets and complete an internship.

The 36 credit hours required for the degree are fulfilled in a four-part framework:

Advanced Quantitative Skills (9 credits)

We want students to be able to apply computer, modeling, and statistical tools to real-life problems. Three areas of skills are covered: data analysis, productive computing, and reasoning. Students are required to take a class that fulfills each skill.

Skill Course Number (Course Title)
Data Analysis MST 6600 (Applied Statistical Techniques)
Productive Computing
(specific course depends on science track)
CS students take:
MATH 5740 (Mathematical Modeling)
SI students take either: 
PHYS 6720 (Introduction to Computing in Physics)
MATH 5740 (Mathematical Modeling)
ES students take:
GEO 6340/CMP 6370  (System Dynamics and Environmental Policy)
Biotech students take either: 
BIOL 5910 (Mathematical Models in Biology)
CHEM 7750 (Information Processing)
PH TX 6680 (Statistical Methods for Pharmacological Research)
GEO 6340/CMP 6370 (System Dynamics and Environmental Policy)
FP MD 6100 (Biostatistics I)
BIOL 6500 (Advanced Statistical Analysis for Biologist)
Reasoning MST 6500 (Scientific Reasoning and Inquiry)

Transferable Skills (9 credits)

The Professional Master of Science and Technology program offers courses that provide students with business and management concepts essential for leading activities in a variety of organizations outside of academia. Various leadership, business, and management skills are taught in a series of six PMST courses. Students may fulfill the remaining three Transferable Skills credits required by taking elective courses within the David Eccles School of Business.

Course Number Course Title
MST 6010 Effective Communication for Scientists
MST 6011 Sustainable Business Practices for Scientists
MST 6012 Accounting and Finance for Scientists
MST 6020 Leadership and Management for Scientists
MST 6021 Strategic Planning and Marketing for Scientists
MST 6022 Production and Operations Management for Scientists
Business Electives (Please contact the PMST Program Director for a list of possible elective courses)

Internship (3 credits)

An essential component of this degree is an internship or cooperative education experience in business, industry, commerce, or government agency. These activities will engage students in real-world work situations involving technical problems, team work, communication skills, and decision making.

PMST Degree Requirements

Graduate Science 15
Computational Science
Environmental Science
Science Instrumentation
Transferable Skills 9
Advanced Quantitative Skills 9
Internship 3

Total Credit Hours 36
=PMST Degree!